Krista Bluske

Ph.D. 2012

Thesis Title:

Investigating neurogenesis and cell type specification in the mammalian thalamus

Current Position:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Neuroscience, The Scripps Institute, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Undergraduate Institution and Major/Degree:

University of Wisconsin, Madison - BS 2006 - Biology

Major Advisor(s):

Yasushi Nakagawa, Ph.D.

Research Description:

I am interested in the role of transcription factors in patterning the developing thalamus and their role in the development of thalmocortical axons. 

Courses Taken Beyond the Core Courses:

  • GCD Advanced Developmental Biology
  • GCD Advanced Genetics

Conferences Attended:

  • Society for Neuroscience - Fall 2006, 2009
  • Society for Developmental Biology annual meeting

Committee Members:

  • Paul Letourneau - Chair
  • Steve McLoon
  • Laura Gammill
  • Yasushi Nakagawa - Advisor


  • Bluske, K.K., Vue, T.Y., Kawakami, Y., Taketo, M.M., Yoshikawa, K., Johnson, J.E., Nakagawa, Y. (2012). beta-catenin signaling specifies progenitor cell identity in concert with Shh signaling in the developing mammalian thalamus. Development 139: 2692-702.
  • Wang, L.*, Bluske, K.K.*, Dickel, L.K., Nakagawa, Y. (2011). Basal progenitor cells in the embryonic mouse thalamus - their molecular characterization and the role of neurogenins and Pax6. Neural Development 6: 35. (*: co-first authors)
  • Vue, T.Y., Bluske K., Alishahi, A., Yang, L., Koyano-Nakagawa, N., Novitch, B., and Nakagawa, Y. (2009). Sonic hedgehog signaling controls thalamic progenitor identity and nuclei specification in mice. Journal of Neuroscience 29 (14): 4484-4497.
  • Bluske, K.K., Kawakami, Y., Koyano-Nakagawa, N., Nakagawa, Y. (2009). Differential activity of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in the embryonic mouse thalamus. Developmental Dynamics 238 (12): 3297-309.

Awards and Honors:

  • Graduate School Fellowship for 2006-2007
  • 2010 - University of Minnesota GPN Stark Award
  • 2010 - University of Minnesota Developmental Biology Center/Stem Cell Institute Symposium Best Poster Award

Home Town:

  • Red Wing, MN
Krista Bluske