Investigating neurogenesis and cell type specification in the mammalian thalamus
Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Neuroscience, The Scripps Institute, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Undergraduate Institution and Major/Degree:
University of Wisconsin, Madison - BS 2006 - Biology
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
- Society for Neuroscience - Fall 2006, 2009
- Society for Developmental Biology annual meeting
- 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
- Red Wing, MN