Barbara Sisson

  Barbara Sisson

 

Education

  • 1998 B.A. Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill. (major Biology; graduated with honors)
  • 2006 Ph.D. Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. (Ph.D. in the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program)
  • 2007-2011 Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute (formerly Children’s Memorial Research Center), Chicago, Ill.

 

Current Courses Taught

  • Biology 110: Topics in Biology
  • Biology 121: Introductory Biology
  • Biology 200: Scientific Writing
  • Biology 304: Immunology
  • Biology 305: The Biology of Cancer
  • Biology 327: Cell Physiology
  • Biology 329: Developmental Biology
  • Biology 501, 502: Independent Study

 

 

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 Society for Developmental Biology Travel Award
  • 2008-2011 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award – NIH/NIDCR, F32DE019058
  • 2008-2011 Children’s Memorial Travel Award
  • 2002-2004 Predoctoral Fellowship, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Training Program in Oncogenesis and Development, T32CA80621.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Developmental Biology
  • Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society
  • Beta Beta Beta, Undergraduate Honorary Biology Society

 

 

Recent Publications and Presentations

  Peer-Reviewed Papers

  • Topczewski, J., R.M. Dale, and B.E. Sisson. Planar Cell Polarity Signaling in Craniofacial Development. 2011. Organogenisis. Oct; 7(4): 255-9.
  • Sisson, B.E. and Topczewski, J. “Expression of five frizzleds during zebrafish craniofacial development.” 2009. Gene Expression Patterns. Oct; 9(7): 520-7.
  • Dale, RM*, Sisson, B.E.* and Topczewski, J. “The Emerging role of Wnt/PCP signaling in organ formation.” 2009. Zebrafish. March; 6(1): 9-14.
  • Sisson, B.E.*, Ziegenhorn, S.L.*  and Holmgren, R.A.  “Regulation of Ci and Su(fu) Nuclear Import in Drosophila.”  2006.  Developmental Biology.  Jun 1; 294(1): 258-70.

* Authors contributed equally to this work.

Presentations 

  • Tri-Beta Spring Induction Keynote Speaker. Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Ill. “The role of Wnt signaling in zebrafish craniofacial cartilage development.” March 2011.
  • 2nd Annual Biomedical Research Symposium. Children’s Memorial Research Center, Chicago, Ill. “Characterization of the craniofacial cartilage phenotype in zebrafish fzd7a and fzd7b mutants”. September 2010.
  • Midwest Drosophila Meeting. Allerton, Ill. “Regulation of the Nuclear Import of Ci and Su(fu) in Drosophila.” October 2005.
  • 19th European Drosophila Research Conference, Eger, Hungary. “Regulation of the Nuclear Import of Ci and Su(fu) in Drosophila.” September 2005.
  • Midwest Drosophila Meeting, Allerton, Ill. “A Cell Biological Analysis of the Ci Signaling Complex.” October 2004.

Poster Presentations

  • Sisson, B.E., Dale, R.M., Mui, S.R., Topczewska, J., and Topczewski, J. “A unique role of *glypican4* and *wnt5b* in zebrafish craniofacial morphogenesis.” Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology. 36th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. October 2013.
  • Sisson, B.E., Dale, R.M., Mui, S.R., Topczewska, J., and Topczewski, J. “A unique role of *glypican4* and *wnt5b* in zebrafish craniofacial morphogenesis.” 51st Annual Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Meeting. St. Louis, MO. September 2013.
  • Sisson, B.E., R.M. Dale, S.R. Mui, J.M. Topczewska and J. Topczewski. “Zebrafish craniofacial cartilage morphogenesis is controlled by elements of the Wnt signaling pathway.” Society for Developmental Biology 71st Annual Meeting, Montreal, Québec, Canada. July 2012.
  • R.M. Dale, Sisson, B.E., S.R. Mui, J.M. Topczewska and J. Topczewski. “Zebrafish craniofacial cartilage morphogenesis is controlled by elements of the Wnt signaling pathway.” 10th International Conference of Zebrafish Development and Genetics, Madison, Wis. June 2012.
  • Sisson, B.E. and Topczewski, J. “Characterization of the craniofacial cartilage phenotype in zebrafish fzd7a and fzd7b mutants.” Society for Developmental Biology 69th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, N. M. August 2010.
  • Sisson, B.E. and Topczewski, J. “Characterization of the craniofacial cartilage phenotype in zebrafish fzd7a and fzd7b mutants.” 9th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, Madison, Wis. June 2010.
  • Sisson, B.E. and Topczewski, J. “Expression of five frizzled genes during zebrafish craniofacial development.” Society for Developmental Biology 68th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif. July 2009.
  • Sisson, B.E., Topczewska, J.M., and Topczewski, J. “Characterization of the Gene Expression of Six Frizzleds During Craniofacial Cartilage Development.” 8th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, Madison, Wis. June 2009.
  • Sisson, B.E., Ziegenhorn, S.L. and Holmgren, R.A.  “Regulation of Ci and Su(fu) Nuclear Import in Drosophila.” 47th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Houston, Texas.  March 2006.
  • Sisson, B.E., Ziegenhorn, S.L. and Holmgren, R.A.  “Regulation of the Nuclear Import of Ci and Su(fu) in Drosophila.”  Society for Developmental Biology 64th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif.  July 2005.
  • Sisson, B.E. and Holmgren, R.A.  “A Cell Biological Analysis of the Ci Signaling Complex.”  Society for Developmental Biology, 63rd Annual Meeting, Alberta, Canada.  July 2004.
  • Sisson, B.E., Ziegenhorn, S.L., and Holmgren, R.A.  “Elucidation of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway by Identification of Novel Components and Cell Biological Analysis.”  45th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Washington, D.C.  March 2004.

 

 

Areas of Interest

  • Craniofacial development
  • Zebrafish development
  • Drosophila development
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics