Dr. Juli Unternaehrer
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

B.S., 1987 Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, PT, Loma Linda, California
Ph.D., 2004 Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut
Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2012 Hematology/Oncology, Stem Cell Research, Harvard University, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Office: (909) 558-7691
e-mail : junternaehrer@llu.edu
Dr. Juli Unternaehrer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences, Division of Biochemistry at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Her research activities are focused on cell fate choices in mammalian development and cancer. During development, transcription factors and microRNAs both provide input to direct gene expression and determine lineage decisions. Transcription factors controlling epithelial-mesenchymal transition are important both during development and in metastasis. MicroRNAs are critical for control of gene expression and thus cell fate decisions and are often involved in temporal switches in lineage decisions. These two classes of developmental regulators have been shown to influence one another, but their mutual regulatory functions are not completely understood. She will use tissue culture and mouse models to study the interplay between EMT factors and microRNAs in development and cancer, and syngeneic, xenograft, and induced pluripotent stem cell models of ovarian cancer to study disease onset and progression.


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