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Julia Oxford, Ph.D.

Black and White phot of Dr. OxfordProfessor, Department of Biological Sciences

Lori and Duane Stueckle Endowed Chair
University Distinguished Professor
Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Matrix Biology
Director, Biomolecular Research Center

Year arrived at BSU: 2000

Fax: (208) 426-2259
Office: Science Building, Room 211

Mailing Address:
Department of Biological Science
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1515

Academic Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1986
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Dissertation: “Export of Protein in Escherichia coli”
Advisor:  Prof. Linda L. Randall
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Washington State University

Master of Sciences, Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1985
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry and Biology (cum Laude), 1981
Linfield College, McMinnville, OR

Positions Held

  • Associate Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University, 2014-present
  • Program Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Matrix Biology, Boise, ID, 2014-present
  • Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University, 2008-present
  • Idaho INBRE Program Senior Research Advisory Committee, 2004-present
  • Director, Biomolecular Research Center, Boise, ID, 2003-present
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, 2003-2010
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Idaho, Dept of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 2002-2010
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Boise State University, 2003-2008
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Boise State University, 2000-2003
  • Affiliate Faculty, Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry, 2000-2002
  • Research Assistant Professor, Integrative Biosciences Department (formerly Oral Molecular Biology), School of Dentistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1995-2000
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences, Equine Orthopaedics, Colorado State University, 1996-1998
  • Senior Research Associate, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Portland, 1992-1996
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1988-1992
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Biochemistry/Biophysics Program, Washington State University, 1988
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Cellular Biology, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, 1987-1988 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry/Biophysics, Washington State University, 1981-1986

Honors and Awards

  • Glenn King Fellowship, Chemistry Dept. Washington State University, 1981-1982
  • ISREC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1987 and 1988
  • Arthritis Investigator Award, Arthritis Foundation, 1996
  • Gerlinger Research Foundation Award, 1999
  • Oregon Medical Research Foundation Award, 2000
  • Boise State University Foundation Scholar Award, Research and Creative Activity, 2006
  • Lori and Duane Stueckle Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award, 2005-2009
  • MMACHS Distinguished Lecture Series, February 10, 2011
  • Boise State University Distinguished Professor, 2011
  • Lori and Duane Stueckle Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences, Boise State University Foundation, 2017-present
  • Top Ten Scholar Honored Faculty Member, 2018


90. Reeck JC, Hardy MJ, Pu X, Keller-Peck C, Oxford JT. Authentication of a novel antibody to zebrafish collagen type XI alpha 1 chain (Col11a1a). BMC Res Notes. 2021 Sep 15;14(1):359. doi: 10.1186/s13104-021-05770-x. PMID: 34526111; PMCID: PMC8444443.

89. Christianson J, Oxford JT, Jorcyk CL. Emerging Perspectives on Leukemia Inhibitory Factor and its Receptor in Cancer. Front Oncol. 2021 Jul 29;11:693724. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2021.693724. PMID: 34395259; PMCID: PMC8358831.

88. Stone RN, Frahs SM, Hardy MJ, Fujimoto A, Pu X, Keller-Peck C, Oxford JT. Decellularized Porcine Cartilage Scaffold; Validation of Decellularization and Evaluation of Biomarkers of Chondrogenesis. Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jun 9;22(12):6241. doi: 10.3390/ijms22126241. PMID: 34207917; PMCID: PMC8230108.

87. Smith DB, Yarnell TL, Jibben BJ, Liou LE, Hovde CJ, Oxford JT. Data Management Tools to Measure the Impact of Core Facilities. J Biomol Tech. 2021 Jul;32(2):63-73. doi: 10.7171/jbt.20-3203-002. PMID: 34121933; PMCID: PMC8174123.

86. Gorski JP, Franz NT, Pernoud D, Keightley A, Eyre DR, Oxford JT. A repeated triple lysine motif anchors complexes containing bone sialoprotein and the type XI collagen A1 chain involved in bone mineralization. J Biol Chem. 2021 Jan-Jun;296:100436. doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2021.100436. Epub 2021 Feb 19. PMID: 33610546; PMCID: PMC8008188.

85. Thompson M, Woods K, Newberg J, Oxford JT, Uzer G. Low-intensity vibration restores nuclear YAP levels and acute YAP nuclear shuttling in mesenchymal stem cells subjected to simulated microgravity. NPJ Microgravity. 2020 Dec 1;6(1):35. doi: 10.1038/s41526-020-00125-5. PMID: 33298964; PMCID: PMC7708987.

84. Estrada D, Oxford JT, Solov’yov I. The Thinnest of Materials May Hold a Cure for Osteoarthritis. Scientia (Bristol). 2020;138:56-59. doi: 10.33548/scientia586. Epub 2020 Dec 8. PMID: 34676107; PMCID: PMC8528382.

83. Oxford JT, Jorcyk CL. Students engage in primary literature in molecular biology techniques using an online journal club format. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2020 Oct 20. doi: 10.1002/bmb.21472. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33080662.

82. Bas G*, Loisate S*, Hudon SF*, Woods K*, Hayden EJ, Pu X, Beard R, Oxford JT, Uzer G. Low Intensity Vibrations Augment Mesenchymal Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation Capacity during in vitro Expansion. Sci Rep. 2020 Jun 10;10(1):9369. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-66055-0. PMID: 32523117; PMCID: PMC7286897.

81. Hardy MJ*, Reeck JC*, Fang M*, Adams JS*, Oxford JT. Col11a1a Expression Is Required for Zebrafish Development. J Dev Biol. 2020 Aug 28;8(3):16. doi: 10.3390/jdb8030016. PMID: 32872105; PMCID: PMC7558312.

80. Tanikella AS*, Hardy MJ*, Frahs SM*, Cormier AG*, Gibbons KD*, Fitzpatrick CK, Oxford JT. Emerging Gene-Editing Modalities for Osteoarthritis. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Aug 22;21(17):6046. doi: 10.3390/ijms21176046. PMID: 32842631; PMCID: PMC7504272.

79. Oxford JT, Cornell KA, Romero JJ, et al. (2020) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Matrix Biology: Building Research Infrastructure, Supporting Young Researchers, and Fostering Collaboration. Special Issue: Extracellular Matrix in Development and Disease 2.0 in Int J Mol Sci. 2020;21(6):2141. Published 2020 Mar 20. doi:10.3390/ ijms21062141.

78. Cornell KA, Benfield K*, Berntsen T*, Clingerman J*, Croteau A*, Goering S*, Moyer D*, Provost M*, White A*, Plumlee D, Oxford JT, Browning J. (2020). A Cold Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Discharge Device Exerts Antimicrobial Effects. Int J Latest Trends Eng Technol. 2020;15(3):036‐41.

77. Mellor LF, Nordberg RC*, Huebner P, Mohiti-Asli M, Taylor MA, Efird W, Oxford JT, Spang JT, Shirwaiker RA, Loboa EG. (2020). Investigation of multiphasic 3D-bioplotted scaffolds for site-specific chondrogenic and osteogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells for osteochondral tissue engineering applications. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials. 108(5), 2017–2030.

76. Beard RS, Jr, Hoettels BA*, Meegan JE, Wertz TS*, Cha BJ, Yang X, Oxford JT, Wu MH, Yuan SY. (2020). AKT2 maintains brain endothelial claudin-5 expression and selective activation of IR/AKT2/FOXO1-signaling reverses barrier dysfunction. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism., 40(2), 374–391.

75. Oxford JT, Reeck JC, Hardy MJ*. (2019) Extracellular Matrix in Development and Disease. Int J Mol Sci. Jan 8;20(1). pii: E205. doi: 10.3390/ijms20010205.

74. Touchstone H*, Bryd R, Loisate S, Thompson M, Kim S, Puranam K, Senthilnathan AN, Pu X, Beard R, Rubin J, Alwood J, Oxford JT, Uzer G. (2019) Recovery of stem cell proliferation by low intensity vibration under simulated microgravity requires LINC complex. NPJ Microgravity. May 15;5:11. doi: 10.1038/s41526-019-0072-5.

73. Covert H*, Mellor LF, Wolf CL*, Ankenbrandt N*, Emathinger JM, Tawara K*, Oxford JT, Jorcyk CL. (2019) OSM-induced CD44 contributes to breast cancer metastatic potential through cell detachment but not epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Cancer Manag Res. Aug 15;11:7721-7737

72. Frahs SM*, Reeck JC*, Yocham KM*, Frederiksen A, Fujimoto K*, Scott CM, Beard RS, Brown R, Lujan TJ, Solov’yov IA, Estrada D, Oxford JT. (2019) Prechondrogenic ATDC5 cell attachment and differentiation on graphene foam; modulation by surface functionalization with fibronectin. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. Oct 22. doi: 10.1021/acsami.9b14670.

71. Yocham KM*, Scott C, Fujimoto K* Brown R, Tanasse E*, Oxford JT, Lujan TJ, Estrada (2018)Mechanical Properties of Graphene Foam and Graphene Foam – Tissue Composites, Advanced Engineering Materials. 2018 DOI: 10.1002/adem.201800166.

70. Frahs SM*, Oxford JT, Neumann EE*, Brown RJ, Keller-Peck CR, Pu X, Lujan (2018) Extracellular Matrix Expression and Production in Fibroblast-Collagen Gels: Towards an In Vitro Model for Ligament Wound Healing. Ann Biomed Eng. 2018 Jun 5. doi: 10.1007/s10439-018-2064-0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29873012.

69. Robertson JC*, Jorcyk CL, Oxford JT. (2018) DICER1 Syndrome: DICER1 Mutations in Rare Cancers (Basel). 2018 May 15;10(5). pii: E143. doi: 10.3390/ cancers10050143. PMCID: PMC5977116.

68.   Hughes A, Oxford AE, Tawara K, Jorcyk CL, Oxford JT. Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Unfolded Protein Response in Cartilage Pathophysiology; Contributing Factors to Apoptosis and Osteoarthritis. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Mar 20;18(3). pii: E665. doi: 10.3390/ijms18030665.

67.   Oxford AE, Jorcyk CL, Oxford JT. Neuropathies of Stüve-Wiedemann Syndrome due to mutations in leukemia inhibitory factor receptor (LIFR) gene. J Neurol Neuromed. 2016, 1(7): 37-44.

66.   Lamb CL, Cholico GN, Perkins DE, Fewkes MT, Oxford JT, Lujan TJ, Morrill EE, Mitchell KA. Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation by TCDD Modulates Expression of Extracellular Matrix Remodeling Genes during Experimental Liver Fibrosis. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:5309328. PMCID: PMC5031815.

65.   Oxford, Julia T(Feb 2016) Molecular Genetics of Stüve–Wiedemann Syndrome. In: Encyclopedia of Life Science (eLS). John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0026480]

64.   Jorcyk, C, Mikelonis, D, Tawara, K, Oxford, JT.. Stuve-Wiedemann syndrome. Orphanet. March, 2016;

63.   Hafez A, Squires R, Pedracini A, Joshi A, Seegmiller RE, Oxford JT. Col11a1 Regulates Bone Microarchitecture during Embryonic Development. J Dev Biol. 2015;3(4):158-176. PMCID: PMC4711924.

62.   Parker H, Conway E, Goldsberry J, Jeffries S, Price E, Oxford JT.  Genetic and Molecular Aspects of DiGeorge Syndrome. (2015) BIOS. Vol. 86(2): 109-117. doi: 10.1893/0005-3155-86.2.109.

61.   Pu X, Oxford JT. Proteomic analysis of tissue engineered cartilage. (2015) Cartilage Tissue Engineering; Methods in Molecular Biology. 1340:263-78. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2938-2_19.

60.   Goyden J, Tawara K, Hedeen D, Willey JS, Oxford JT, Jorcyk CL. The Effect of OSM on MC3T3-E1 Osteoblastic Cells in Simulated Microgravity with Radiation. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 1;10(6):e0127230. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127230. eCollection 2015. PMCID: PMC4452373.

59.   Ryan RE, Martin B, Mellor L, Jacob RB, Tawara K, McDougal OM, Oxford JT, Jorcyk CL. Oncostatin M binds to extracellular matrix in a bioactive conformation: implications for inflammation and metastasis. Cytokine. 2015 Mar;72(1):71-85. PMCID: PMC4328881.

58.   Mellor LF, Baker TL, Brown RJ, Catlin LW, Oxford JT. Optimal 3D culture of primary articular chondrocytes for use in the rotating wall vessel bioreactor. (2014) Aviat Space Environ Med. Aug;85(8):798-804. doi: 10.3357/ASEM.3905.2014. PMCID: PMC4207436.

57.   Jacobs JC Jr, Shea KG, Oxford JT, Carey JL. Fluoroquinolone use in a child associated with development of osteochondritis dissecans. (2014) BMJ Case Rep.  Sep 16. pii: bcr2014204544. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-204544. PMC4166236.

56.   Bates JT, Jacobs JC, Jr, Shea KG, Oxford JT. Emerging genetic basis of osteochondritis dissecans. (2014) Clin. Sports Med.  33(2):199-220. PMC3976886.

55.   Hughes AN, Oxford JT. A lipid-rich gestational diet predisposes offspring to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a potential sequence of events. (2014) Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research. Mar 6 6:15-23. PMC3953741.

54.   Mikelonis D, Jorcyk CL, Tawara K, Oxford JT. Stüve-Wiedemann syndrome: LIFR and associated cytokines in clinical course and etiology. (2014) Orphanet J Rare Dis. Mar 12;9(1):34. doi: 10.1186/1750-1172-9-34. PMC3995696.

53.   McDougal OM, Cornia N, Sambasivarao SV, Remm A, Mallory C, Oxford JT, Maupin CM, Andersen T. Homology modeling and molecular docking for the science curriculum. (2014) Biochem Mol Biol Educ. Mar;42(2):179-82. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20767. Epub 2013 Dec 20. PubMed PMID: 24376157.

52.   Bullock C, Cornia N, Jacob R, Remm A, Peavey T, Weekes K, Mallory C, Oxford JT, McDougal OM, Andersen TL. DockoMatic 2.0: high throughput inverse virtual screening and homology modeling. (2013) J Chem Inf Model. Aug 26;53(8):2161-70. doi: 10.1021/ci400047w. Epub 2013 Aug 8.  PMC3916141.

51.   Berger JM, Rohn TT, Oxford JT. Autism as the Early Closure of a Neuroplastic Critical Period Normally Seen in Adolescence. (2013) Biol Syst Open Access. Aug 20;1. doi: 10.4172/2329-6577.1000118.  PMC3864123.

50.   Shea KG, Jacobs JC, Carey JL, Anderson AF. Oxford JT. Osteochondritis Dissecans Knee Histology Studies Have Variable Findings and Theories of Etiology, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2012 in press.

49.  Fang M, Jacob R, McDougal O, Oxford JT., Minor fibrillar collagens, variable regions alternative splicing, intrinsic disorder, and tyrosine sulfation. Protein Cell. 2012 Jun;3(6):419-33.

48.  McDougal,O.M., Mallory, C., Warner, L.R., Oxford, J.T. “Predicted structure and binding motifs of alpha 1 (XI) collagen” 2011, JBio (GSTF International Journal on Bioinformatics and Biotechnology), vol. 1:43-48.

47. Mallory C , McDougal OM , Oxford JT. Collagen Type XI alpha-1 Chain Amino Propeptide Structural Model and Glycosaminoglycan Interactions in Silico, in Proceedings of 2011 International Conference on Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (ISBN #: 1-60132-172-4/CSREA), Editors: Hamid R. Arabnia and Quoc-Nam Tran, pp.: 632-635, Las Vegas, USA, 2011

46.  Brown, R., Mallory, C., McDougal, O.M., Oxford, J.T. “Proteomic analysis of Col11a1-associated protein complexes”. (2011) PROTEOMICS, 11(24):4660-76.

45.  Tawara, Kenneth, Oxford, Julia Thom, Jorcyk, CL. “Clinical significance of interleukin (IL)-6 in cancer metastasis to bone: potential of anti-IL-6 therapies.” (2011)  Cancer Management Research, 2011;3:177-89. Epub 2011 May 18

44.  Jeff P. Gorski, Nichole T. Huffman, Sridar Chittur, Ronald J. Midura, Claudine Black, Julie Oxford, and Nabil G. Seidah  Inhibition of SKI-1 proprotein convertase and caspase-3 blocks transcription of key extracellular matrix genes regulating osteoblastic mineralization, J Biol Chem. 2010 Nov 13. [Epub ahead of print]

43.  Fang M, Adams JS, McMahan BL, Brown RJ, Oxford JT. The expression patterns of minor fibrillar collagens during development in zebrafish Gene Expr Patterns 2010 Oct-Dec;10(7-8):315-22. Epub 2010 Jul 18, PMC2956583 [Available on 2011/10/1]

42.  Toumpoulis IK, Oxford JT, Cowan DB, Anagnostopoulos CE, Rokkas CK, Chamogeorgakis TP, Angouras DC, Shemin RJ, Navab M, Ericsson M, Federman M, Levitsky S, McCully JD. “Differential expression of collagen type V and XI alpha-1 in human ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms”, (2009), Ann Thorac Surg.  88:506-13.

41.  Yingst, S, Cole, J., Warner, L., Bloxham, K., Brown, R., Kenoyer, L., Knowlton, B., Oxford, JRT., “Characterization of Collagenous Matrix Assembly in a Chondrocyte Model System” (2009) Journal of Biomedical Materials Science, 90:247-55.

40. Takumi Takata, Julie T Oxford, Borries Demeler, and Kirsten J Lampi, “Deamidation destabilizes and triggers aggregation of a lens protein, A3-crystallin”, (2008) Protein Science. 17:1565-75. PMCID: PMC2525517 [Available on 09/01/09]

Collage of three phots of Dr. Oxford teaching in her lab

Current research projects

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Mechanoreception in Bone
  • Regulation of cell signaling by Col11a1 during craniofacial development in the zebrafish
  • Extracellular Matrix is a Key Factor in Cancer Progression
  • The Effects of Simulated Microgravity on Articular Cartilage
  • Induction of Early Stages of Osteoarthritis
  • Biomaterials
  • Rare diseases
  • 3-D cell culture model systems
  • Alternative splicing of mRNA

Map-making for matrix molecules

Cartilage is central to the proper growth within the growth plate and in articulation of the joint. The cartilage tissue is composed of chondrocytes and a dense extracellular matrix, which is in turn, composed of water, proteoglycans and collagens. Over 200 of 2400 chondrocyte gene products are extracellular. Understanding these complex gene families will make major improvements in the quality of life for those dealing with a broad spectrum of arthritic syndromes. We have begun exploring this territory with tools including LC/MS-MS/1-D electrophoresis and affinity chromatography.


Graduate courses at Boise State University:

Biology/Materials Science/Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering 577 Biomaterials Science
Biology 598 Biomaterials Graduate Seminar
Biology 597 Biochemistry of Cell Signaling
Biology 597 Introduction to Bioinformatics
Biology 465/565 Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology Techniques
Biology 466/566 Advanced Topics in Cancer and Developmental Biology
Biology 567 Extracellular Matrix in Development and Disease
Biology 596 Directed Research, Boise State University
Biology 551 Developmental Biology, lecture and laboratory
Biology 553 Advanced Developmental Biology
Biology 650 Scientific Writing in the Biomedical Sciences
BMOL 605 Scientific Proposal Writing
BMOL 606 Scientific Proposal Writing
GENCOUN 511 Developmental Anatomy and Embryology

Undergraduate Courses at Boise State:

Biology/Materials Science/Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering 477 Biomaterials Science
Biology 497 Biochemistry of Cell Signaling
Biology 497 Introduction to Bioinformatics
Biology 191 General Biology
Biology 493 Internship in Laboratory Research
Biology 451 Developmental Biology, lecture and laboratory
Biology 443 Advances in Developmental Biology
Biology 320 Cell Biology
Biology 202 General Zoology lecture and laboratory
Chem 405 Research in Chemistry
CID 200, 300, 400, 500 Vertically Integrated Projects –Plasma Medicine

Dr. Oxford teaching students in her lab

Current Undergraduate Student Research Projects

Darrian Lobato, 2017, zebrafish skeletal development

Vertically Integrated Projects

  • Team Muscular Dystrophy, 2016-present, Jennica Compton, AnnaGrace Blomquist, Lynn Karriem
  • Team Tissue Engineering, 2016-present, Austin Snyder, Jake Robertson, Jenna Clingerman
  • Team Biofilm, 2016-present, Kate Benfield, Jenna Clingerman, Tiffany Berntsen

Alexandria Hughes, 2014-2016

–Hughes A, Oxford AE, Tawara K, Jorcyk CL, Oxford JT. Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Unfolded Protein Response in Cartilage Pathophysiology; Contributing Factors to Apoptosis and Osteoarthritis. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Mar 20;18(3). pii:E665. doi: 10.3390/ijms18030665.

–Hughes AN, Oxford JT. A lipid-rich gestational diet predisposes offspring to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a potential sequence of events. Hepat Med. 2014 Mar 6;6:15-23. doi: 10.2147/HMER.S57500. eCollection 2014.  PMCID: PMC3953741

Alexandra Oxford, 2016

–Oxford, AE, Jorcyk CL, Oxford JT. Neuropathies of Stüve-Wiedemann Syndrome due to mutations in leukemia inhibitory factor receptor (LIFR) gene. J Neurol Neuromedicine. 2016;1(7):37-44.

Tyler Bates, 2012, Osteochondritis dissecans
– Recipient of the Idaho INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2012
– Recipient of Boise State University Student Research Initiative Program, 2013

Kenneth Weekes, 2011-2014, The role of Hedgehog signaling in Tooth regeneration, Scale regeneration as a model for tooth regeneration in the zebrafish
– Recipient of the Sigma Xi Grant-In-aid-of-Research, 2012
– Recipient of Boise State University Student Research Initiative Program, 2013

Saige Harrington, 2012, Diabetes and Osteoarthritis

Travis Baker, 2012, Cartilage regeneration, Microgravity and mechanotransduction

Kelci Burgess, 2010, Oncostatin M in Osteoarthritis

Neda Shefa, 2009-2015, Chondrocyte model systems for regenerative medicine, Abdominal aortic aneurysms
– Posters on the Hill Presentation, 2011
– Master of Science in Biology program, 2012-2015

Stephanie Frahs, 2009-2012, Mechanotransduction in bone cells; biomaterials; PTHrP signaling
– Recipient of the NASA Microgravity University Award, 2011
– Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research Award, 2011

Dawn Mikelonis, 2009-2010, Zebrafish as model system for eye development
– Recipient of the NASA Microgravity University Award
– Recipient of the Idaho INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Jonathan Reeck, 2009-1010, Molecular biology analysis of Col11a1DVR transgenic mouse
– Recipient of Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research, 2011

Benjamin Davis, 2006-2011, LC-Mass spectrometry, Proteomics
– Recipient of INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2009
– Recipient of the NASA Microgravity University Award, 2011

Luke Woodbury, 2006-2011, Histological characterization of the Col11a1deltaVR mouse model for osteoarthritis; Protein: carbohydrate interactions, protein purification, monomer-dimer equilibrium analysis by AUC, SEC-MALS
– Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
– AAAS Pacific Division poster presentation, 2007
– INBRE Biomedical Research Fellow, 2009

Jonathan Hendersen, 2006-2009, Atomic Force Microscopy
– Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentation  2007,2008, 2009
– INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2008, 2009

Current Graduate Student Research Projects

Luke Woodbury, Biomolecular Sciences Graduate Program
Stephanie Tuft, Biomolecular Sciences Graduate Program
Conner Patricelli, Biomolecular Sciences Graduate Program
Roxanne Stone, Bioengineering Doctoral Program

Kenneth Weekes, 2013-2014, The role of Hedgehog signaling in Tooth regeneration, Scale regeneration as a model for tooth regeneration in the zebrafish

  • Recipient of the Sigma Xi Grant-In-aid-of-Research, 2012
  • Recipient of Boise State University Student Research Initiative Program, 2013

Anthony Hafez, 2012-2013, Mineralization of the developing skeleton

Neda Shefa, 2012-2015, PTHrP and alternative splicing in skeletal development

Jonathon Reeck, 2010-2017, Zebrafish model system for osteogenesis

  • Recipient of Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid of research, 2011

Ming Fang, 2007-2010,  Zebrafish Craniofacial Development

  • Recipient of ISU Molecular Core Facility Grant for DNA Sequencing
  • First author on two papers

Kendra Coonse, 2006-2010, Master of Science, Collagen-Biglycan interactions

Katey Anderson, 2005-2011, Proteomic analysis of cartilage extracellular matrix

Kelly Willius, 2005-2006, Bone regeneration in the zebrafish

  • Recipient of NASA-ISGC Graduate Student Fellowship, 2006-2007

Nathan Hoskins 2007-2009, Master of Science, Col11a1 regulates bone microarchitecture