Heide Schatten

University of Missouri, USA

Heide Schatten lectures at the University of Missouri. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her studies included cell and molecular biology of cytoskeletal regulation and cytoskeletal dysfunctions in cancer cells that she performed at the German Cancer Research Center. She performed predoctoral and postdoctoral studies with Daniel Mazia at the University of California in Berkeley working on the mechanisms of cell division and centrosome dynamics in reproductive cell systems. She pursued these studies in subsequent collaborations with Daniel Mazia, Hans Ris, and cell, molecular, and reproductive biologists in the USA, Europe, China, and Latin America. Her studies also included collaborations with NASA scientists and experiments aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to examine the effects of spaceflight on cytoskeletal organization during development. Her areas of specialization span cell cycle, cytoskeleton, centrosomes, microtubules, mitochondria, high-resolution imaging, cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, reproductive biology, developmental biology, and space biology. In 1996, she joined the faculty of the University of Missouri where her research continues to be centered on cytoskeletal regulation with focus on microtubules and centrosomes during cell cycle progression in somatic and reproductive cells and on cytoskeletal abnormalities in cells affected by disease. Several cell systems are used for these studies and include reproductive cells of mammalian species, breast, and prostate cancer cells, as well as an animal model of prostate cancer. She has published over 185 papers, 7 book chapters, and edited several special topics journal issues and 8 books with several more in progress. She participates as a Member of the American Society for Cell Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Microscopy Society of America.

Biography Updated on 30 July 2012

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