Barbara Sisson

Barbara Sisson

Assistant Professor of Biology

SissonB@ripon.edu
920-748-8759
Office: Farr 210

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations

Basic Information

Education

  • 1998 B.A. Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois (major biology; graduated with honors)
  • 2006 Ph.D. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (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, Illinois

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 Biology
  • Biology 329: Developmental Biology
  • Biology 501, 502: Independent Study

Awards & 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.

Publications

  • Allen, R.L.*, R.L. Wallace, and B.E. Sisson. 2016. A rotifer based technique to rear zebrafish larvae in small academic settings. Zebrafish 13(4): 281-286.
  • Sisson, B.E., R.M. Dale, S.R. Mui, J.M. Topczewska, and J. Topczewski. 2015. A unique role of glypican4 and wnt5b in chondrocyte stacking underlying craniofacial cartilage morphogenesis. Mechanisms of Development 138(3): 279-90.
  • Topczewski, J., R.M. Dale, and B.E. Sisson. 2011. Planar cell polarity signaling in craniofacial development. Organogenesis 7(4): 255-9.
  • Sisson, B.E. and J. Topczewski. 2009. Expression of five frizzleds during zebrafish craniofacial development. Gene Expression Patterns 9(7): 520-7.
  • Dale, RM, B. E. Sisson, and J. Topczewski. 2009. The Emerging role of Wnt/PCP signaling in organ formation. Zebrafish 6(1): 9-14.
  • Sisson, B.E., S.L.  Ziegenhorn. and R.A. Holmgren.  2006. Regulation of Ci and Su(fu) Nuclear Import in Drosophila. Developmental Biology 294(1): 258-70.

* Denotes student author

Areas of Interest

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

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

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

Presentations

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, R.L. Allen*, E.A. Thompson*, and R.L. Wallace. A simple method to culture a micrometazoan for use in teaching and undergraduate research. 59th Annual Meeting of the Association of College and Biological Educators (ACUBE). October 23-25, 2015. St. Joseph, Mo.
  • Allen, R.L.*, Wallace, R.L., and B.E. Sisson. Embryos to juveniles: cost-efficient techniques for zebrafish husbandry. 52nd Annual Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Meeting. St. Louis, MO. October 2014.
  • 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.

*Denotes student author