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About: Heather

I received my B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. My Master's thesis research was in the area of immunology and vaccine development, specifically working to develop a vaccine against the bacterial pathogen Francisella tularensis. I performed my PhD research in the lab of Dr. Lee Niswander at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, where I truly became a developmental biologist. My research focused on how the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition is regulated during neural tube closure, and how newly identified genes involved in this process may also be involved in breast cancer metastasis. I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Chenbei Chang at the University of Alabama Birmingham. I am enjoying the opportunity to both continue developing myself as a research scientist and gain valuable teaching experience through my IRACDA fellowship. I am also an avid outdoorsman and when not in the lab, I'm somewhere in the mountains with my husband and dog.

Posts by Heather:

This year for Christmas, gift yourself with an amazing experience. Apply today for the 2018 CSHL Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus course.

Posted by on December 18th, 2017

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and if you are anything like me you are scrambling to try to get as much work done as possible before your holiday break. But while this frequently entails getting papers submitted, committee meetings completed, and experiments wrapped up, I also take the opportunity to reflect on[…]

Early mouse development seen in real time

Posted by on January 15th, 2013

Developmental biologists have long relied on the power of observation to understand how embryos develop. In addition, pharmacologic and genetic manipulation of embryos gives us clues as to the mechanisms involved in proper developmental processes. The ability to combine embryo manipulation with observation of embryonic development in real time has been possible for quite some[…]