Heather Walker Dunn

Research Assistant Professor


Heather  Walker DunnEmail: walkerd@clemson.edu

Department:
Animal and Veterinary Sciences; 123 Poole Agricultural Center; (864)656-2516


Education:
• Ph.D. Clemson University
• M.S. University of California at Davis
• B.S. Clemson University

Responsibilities:
Grad Students: Felicia Smith - MS student in progress, BS from Clemson Univ, AVS. She is from Johns Island, SC. Erin Vegter - MS student in progress, BS from Michigan State, AVS. She is from Grand Rapids, MI. Undergrad researcher:Anirudh Chandra/AVS 491 Patents: US Patent No: 7,838,000 B2 Date of Patent: 11/23/2010 Title: Inhibition of pathogenic agents including a6b1 integrin receptor or a6b4 integrin receptor at a surface.

Research interest:
The focus of our group studies the mechanisms involved in triple negative basal breast cancers that are associated with poor prognosis and high mortality rates. We are particularly interested in understanding the interactions between cell surface expressed integrins and stromal laminins in aggressive cancers compared to normal epithelial cells. We are also studying the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) by evaluating cellular signals in metastasis associated with the tumor microenvironment during invasion and survival.

Publications:
Walker, H; Dog Anatomy, A photo Atlas; BlueDoor Publications; ISBN 978-1-59984-291-2; August 2011.
Cusick et al; Literature-curated protein interaction datasets; Nature Methods 2009, December, 6(12): 860-861
Venkatesan et al; An empirical framework for binary interactome mapping; Nature Methods, 2009, January, 6(1): 83-90

Courses:
BioSc 222 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BioSc 223 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
AVS 409/491 Creative Inquiry for Ruminant Anatomy
AVS 465/665 Physiology of the Endocrine Glands (Spring 2013)