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My research background is in cell division, mitosis, and signal transduction. I currently study embryonic kidney development focusing on Wnt and Notch pathways. My goal is to determine how nephron segmentation is regulated during nephrogenesis.
Research Assistant III
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University in 2013. I joined the Division of Pediatric Urology and Developmental Biology in 2013 where I’ve studied the development of mammalian kidneys using mouse models. In my spare time, I enjoy soccer, hockey, and I’m a supporter of the Buffalo Bills.
I received my PhD in molecular biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Roswell Park Division. I have worked in the Pediatric Urology Division since 2013. My research with Dr. Park focuses on the development of the bladder. Using mouse models in which specific transcription factors have been removed, we study the genes and pathways required for differentiation of the 2 major components of the bladder: the inner epithelial layer called the urothelium and the surrounding smooth muscle detrusor layer. Knowledge gained from these studies will inform future work examining pediatric and adult bladder dysfunction.
MDB Graduate Student
I am interested in how proximal tubules are formed during nephrogenesis. I currently study how retinoic acid signal regulates proximal tubule formation and how the cellular identity of proximal tubules is determined.
Research Assistant IV
I’m from Springfield, Ohio and received my bachelor's degree in Biology and Mathematics from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. I joined the Division of Pediatric Urology in 2002, and support projects studying the development of the bladder and the effects of stress on the lower urinary tract system. Outside of the lab, I enjoy tennis, hiking and I’m a loyal Cincinnati Reds fan.
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