Voss Lab

Voss Lab

S. Randal Voss

 

Professor & Associate Chair of Research 

 

 

Director, Ambystoma Genetic Stock Center 2005-present
NIH Research Resource Director 2002-present
NSF CAREER Award 2002-2006
University of Kentucky Research Professor 2010
Faculty, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center

Faculty, Department of Neuroscience, University of Kentucky Medical School
Editorial Board, Regeneration 2013

 

Laura and Chris Muznic

 

  Associate Director and Curator,

Ambystoma Genetic Stock Center 

 

Laura:

 

BS Environmental Biology and Water Resources, Heidelberg University
MS Aquaculture, Kentucky State University
Member World Aquaculture Society and US Aquaculture Society since 2001
Author/Co-Author of 29 publications in technical and non-technical journals

 

Chris:

 

 

Nour W Al Haj Baddar 

 

   PhD Candidate

 

B.S/M.S. - The University of Jordan, Amman Jordan (2009)

 

The amazing regenerative potential observed among lower vertebrates can be traced to the loss and gain of novel genes. My research focuses on the identification and characterization of the functional roles of novel duplicated genes from the highly regenerative salamander, the Mexican axolotl. Currently, I am studying a group of novel duplicated genes that are involved in oxidative stress and JNK signaling, one of the oxidative stress-induced signaling pathways that leads to cellular proliferation and apoptosis, using the axolotl tail embryo model.


Research interests: Regenerative biology, gene duplication, oxidative stress, molecular phylogenetics, and bioinformatics.

 

 

       Qingchao Qiu  

 

       Varun Dwaraka  

 

   PhD Candidate

 

   Graduate Student

 

B.S. - University of California, Santa Cruz (2014)

 

My interest lies in utilizing computational and statistical approaches to further understand the genetic mechanisms that drive the regenerative response in the axolotl. With the myriad of expression datasets available that quantitatively describe regeneration of axolotl tissues, I hope to utilize bioinformatic techniques available to combine these datasets and elucidate the conserved pathways that fuel the regenerative process in multiple tissue types. 

 

Research Interests: Regeneration biology, functional and statistical genomics, network and systems biology

M.D., Central South University, Hunan, China (2001)
M.S., University of South China, Hunan, China (2007)


Current projects: 
1. Chemical screening for common cell signaling pathways using ambystoma 
mexicanum tail regeneration model. 
2. Data analysis and validation for RNA sequencing and microarray datasets.
3. Discovering signal pathways and molecules controlling cell proliferation, cell migration and cell apoptosis, which are essential for tissue regeneration.

 

Research interests: Regenerative Medicine, bioinformatics, biostatistics and cancer biology.

 

 

   qingchao.qiu@uky.edu

 

   varun.dwaraka@uky.edu

 

   nour.baddar@uky.edu

 

Maria Sanchez-Torres, PhD 

 

Post-Doctoral Scholar

 

  email@uky.edu