Dr David Clouthier is a Professor in the Department of Craniofacial Biology at the University of Colorado. His lab studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving normal facial and heart morphogenesis. Neural crest cells, originating from the junction of the neural and non-neural ectoderm, give rise to most of the face and portions of the cardiovascular system. Dr Clouthier uses mouse and zebrafish models to dissect the signaling cascades regulating neural crest cell patterning and determine how perturbation of these pathways effect normal embryonic development. This information informs the genetic basis of human birth defect syndromes.
Jean-Pierre Saint Jeannet
Dr. Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology at New York University College of Dentistry. His research explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating neural crest and cranial placode progenitors formation in normal and pathological situations, using the frog Xenopus laevis as a model system. Dr. Saint-Jeannet is the author of over 70 publications, reviews and book chapters. He has served on numerous NIH and NSF study sections and is a frequent grant reviewer for private foundations. He is the editor of a book “Neural Crest Induction and Differentiation” (Springer, 2006), and the guest editor of a recent special issue of genesis “Celebrating 150 Years of Neural Crest Research”.
Dr George Eisenhoffer
Dr George Eisenhoffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, Division of Basic Science Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr Eisenhoffer's lab focuses on understanding the coordination of cell division and death in epithelia. Epithelial tissues provide an essential protective barrier for the organs they encase, and are the primary sites where most solid tumors or carcinomas form. Using the epidermis of zebrafish as a model system, the goal of Dr Eisenhoffer's research is to elucidate the mechanisms that regulate epithelial cell turnover while preserving barrier function.
Dr. Geoffrey Sperber is Professor Emeritus in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta and a long time member and former Secretary/Treasurer of the SCGDB (2003-2011). Dr Sperber is the author of 6 books including "Craniofacial Embryology" and "Craniofacial Embryogenetics and Development" and received the Award of Merit from the Canadian Dental Association in 2001. Recently, a Dentistry Museum was been named in his honor at the University of Alberta, together with an annual Sperber Lectureship and establishment of an endowed Sperber Craniofacial Research Fund to provide support for basic science research.