Joan M. Taylor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Joan M. Taylor is currently an Associate Professor of pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. She received her Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA, in 1995. She pursued her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. J. Thomas Parsons at the University of Virginia from 1995 to 1999 and was later promoted to an Assistant Professor of research at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Taylor was recruited to the University of North Carolina in 2001 and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2007. The overall goal of her research is to characterize the intracellular signaling pathways that govern normal and aberrant growth responses in the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. They study cell-type-specific signaling pathways that regulate coordinated development of the heart and vascular system as well as the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease and muscular dystrophies. The laboratory is specifically interested in defining the mechanisms by which FAK and associated focal adhesion proteins coordinate the spatial and temporal activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases, nuclear factor kappa B, and Rho family GTPases and defining how these signals are integrated to enable appropriate changes in cellular morphology and gene transcription. The Taylor laboratory uses transgenic mouse models and gene knock-out technology coupled with surgical approaches (to interrogate injury response and repair mechanisms) as well as state-of-the-art cell biology approaches to track dynamic molecular and cellular processes in real time. Dr. Taylor was the recipient of a BIRCWH Scholar Award in 2001 and a Jefferson-Pilot Junior Faculty Accomplishment Award in 2005. Her studies have been supported by the American Heart Association (from 1999 to 2010) and the National Institute of Health (since 2003).

Biography Updated on 7 March 2012

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