Katja Brückner is Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, in the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology. She received her PhD. in biology and cell signaling for her work in Dr. Rüdiger Klein’s lab at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. For her postdoctoral studies, she trained with Dr. Stephen Cohen at the EMBL and Professor Norbert Perrimon at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brückner was a post-doctoral fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), and Special Fellow of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). She received the Brian P. O’Dell Memorial Research Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and she is a Hellman Family Scholar and American Cancer Society Research Scholar.
Dr. Brückner’s work focuses on Drosophila melanogaster models of development and disease, and combines a broad range of genetic, molecular, cell biological and biochemical approaches. Her interests lie in signal transduction with an emphasis on receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)- and TGF-b family signaling, and inter-organ communication, in particular the role of the peripheral nervous system in organ development, homeostasis and disease. Dr. Brückner’s current research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society.
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