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Barbara Murdoch

Associate Professor

Dr. Murdoch is an expert in Stem Cell Biology and Cell Communication. She also has a keen interest in antibiotic resistance and the microbiome. For more than three decades, she has continually published her research in high impact journals. Prior to Eastern, Dr. Murdoch completed her post-doctoral training at Yale University. She holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Research Interests
  • Stem Cell Discovery and Differentiation
  • Cell Communication - Signal Transduction
  • The Microbiome
Teaching Interests
  • Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cell Signaling
  • Using Bioinformatics in the Biology Classroom

Leung, A. W., Murdoch, B., Salem, A. F., Prasad, M. S., Gomez, G. A., and Garcia-Castro, M. I. (2016) WNT/beta-catenin signaling mediates human neural crest induction via a pre-neural border intermediate. Development 143, 398-410.

*Betters, E., *Barbara Murdoch, *Alan W. Leung and Martin Garcia-Castro (2014). Human Neural Crest Cells and Stem Cell-Based Models. Neural Crest Cells -Evolution, Development and Disease. P. A. Trainor. Waltham, MA, Elsevier Inc: 395-412. *authors of equal contribution

Murdoch, B., and Roskams, A. J. (2013) Fibroblast growth factor signaling regulates neurogenesis at multiple stages in the embryonic olfactory epithelium. Stem Cells Dev 22, 525-537.

Murdoch, B., DelConte, C., and Garcia-Castro, M. I. (2010) Embryonic Pax7-expressing progenitors contribute multiple cell types to the postnatal olfactory epithelium. J Neurosci 30, 9523-9532.

Murdoch, B., K. Chadwick, et al. (2003). "Wnt-5A augments repopulating capacity and primitive hematopoietic development of human blood stem cells in vivo." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100(6): 3422-7.