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Vol. LXII, No. 19
September 17, 2010

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UCSF’s Martin To Speak on FGF Signaling

Dr. Gail Martin

Dr. Gail Martin will deliver a talk titled “FGF Signaling in Vertebrate Embryogenesis: How Sprouty Genes Help Get It Right,” on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Hers is the final talk in this year’s NIDCR Seminar Series “From Basic Research to Therapy—The Latest Frontier.”

Martin’s research is focused on the signaling mechanisms that control organogenesis in the vertebrate embryo, including development of the limbs, kidneys and teeth. She is particularly interested in the role of fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) in these fundamental processes. Martin will describe her work in a mouse model on the role of Sprouty genes—negative inhibitors of FGF signaling—in vertebrate organ development. She and her colleagues recently found that defects in Sprouty disrupt orientation of the cell division plane.

Martin is professor and vice chair, department of anatomy, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She earned her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral work at University College, London. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the E.G. Conklin Medal from the Society for Developmental Biology and the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from the Rockefeller University. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Martin has also served as president of the Society for Developmental Biology.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information, or for reasonable accommodation, contact Mary Daum, (301) 594-7559 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). The lecture will be videocast live at http://videocast. NIHRecord Icon

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