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Affiliation: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Dany Gaillard is an instructor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He earned his master’s degree in Nutrition Physiology from the University of Burgundy, France, where he explored the effects of a cholesterol-rich diet on the enterohepatic cycle of bile acids. He received his Ph.D. in Nutrition Physiology from the University of Burgundy in 2009 under the supervision of Drs. Philippe Besnard and Patricia Passilly-Degrace. His Ph.D. thesis contributed to the advancement of the concept of fat taste by investigating the function of the lipid-binding protein CD36 in mouse taste buds. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Linda Barlow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for his postdoctoral work where he explored the functions of Wnt/β-catenin signaling in taste bud cell renewal in adult mice. His current research interests encompass how taste cell homeostasis is maintained and disrupted upon injury, including in head and neck cancer patients receiving radiotherapy by employing a mouse model of fractionated head and neck irradiation.

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