Nathan R. Wall
Nathan R. Wall was born in Havre, Mont, USA in 1968. He received both B.S. (1991) and M.S. (1995) degrees in biology from Walla Walla University in College Place, WA as well as completed a certificate in clinical laboratory science (medical technology) from Columbus Hospital, Great Falls, Mont in 1992. After teaching biology at a small four-year college for a year, he entered a Ph.D. training in cancer biology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich which he completed in 2000, working under the mentorship of Dr. Ayad Al-Katib. Dr. Wall completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one at Yale University, New Haven, Conn (2002) and a second at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (2004) before joining the faculty at Loma Linda University's School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif, where he has worked since. Dr. Wall is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Basic Science, Pediatrics and Radiation Medicine. He is the Biochemistry Graduate Program Director and a Member of the Center for Health Disparities & Molecular Medicine. His research interests include the cancer cell, its tumor microenvironment, treatment, resistance, and the role the stress-associated proteins of the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) family play in all of these. Most recently Dr. Wall's laboratory has found the IAP survivin, being released from cancer cells to the tumor microenvironment via small membrane-bound vesicles termed exosomes and has discovered that these exosomes containing survivin play a vital role in the cancer cells aggressive potential. Dr. Wall's laboratory is energetic, full of very competent graduate students and postdocs, and is sought out by other groups often for collaborative efforts that have led to many interesting publications this year.
Biography Updated on 25 March 2011