Martine Dunnwald

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

The University of Iowa

Martine Dunnwald
Research Associate Professor

Martine Dunnwald, PharmD, PhD

Martine Dunnwald is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She received her Pharm.D. from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France, and a Ph.D. from Laval University in Québec City, Canada.

Very early on in her scientific career, Dr. Dunnwald developed a fascination for tissue culture of primary cells. Her love for skin brought her to Québec City, where she characterized hair follicle stem cells and developed a novel tissue engineered model to study epidermal stem cells and wound healing, under the mentorship of Dr. Lucie Germain. She continued her scientific training as a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Beverly Dale’s lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. There, she investigated Harlequin Ichtyosis, one of the most severe genetic skin disease. She returned to study epidermal stem cells with Dr. Bickenbach, at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

In 2006, she teamed up with Dr. Brian Schutte to investigate the role of Interferon Regulatory Factor 6 in epidermal differentiation and tissue repair. This long-term collaboration led to the development of her current line of investigation related to tissue repair and morphogenesis, particularly in the context of skin and orofacial development. Her work has been sponsored by the NIH .

At the same time, Dr. Dunnwald received her Certificate in Anatomy from the American Association for Anatomy and the Anatomy Society. In addition to her research, she now teaches the Anatomical Sciences to graduate and professional students.