Heather Dunn

Senior Lecturer
Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department

Office: 123 P&A Building
Email: walkerd@clemson.edu


 Educational Background

PhD Microbiology
Clemson University

MS Animal Science
University of California Davis

BS Animal Science
Clemson University

 Courses Taught

Vertebrate Endocrinology
Contemporary Issues in Animal Science
Dairy Science Techniques
Small Ruminant Techniques
Creative Inquiry


Dr. Heather Dunn is the recipient of the following awards:
CAFLS Undergraduate Teaching Award of Excellence- Over 6 Years Experience (2018)
CAFLS Undergraduate Advising Award of Excellence (2018)
Clemson University Bradley Award (2014)
CAFLS Undergraduate Teaching Award of Excellence- Less than 6 Years Experience (2013)

Dr. Dunn serves as the AVS Study Abroad Coordinator & WAVS faculty advisor.

 Research Interests

Dr. Dunn's research group investigates fundamental genomics during normal mammary gland development, and how these early signaling events may be reactivated in breast cancer. In order to evaluate developmental signals, we are comparing mammary gland gene expression in the pre-pubertal swine to the genes expressed in human breast cancer profiles. Samples of young swine tissue were collected using the Dunn Biopsy method (US patent application #62/256,416). Using a bioinformatics approach, we are establishing networks to indicate similar gene expression patterns comparing our swine samples to human cancer databases. This group also studies the epithelial-mesenchymal transition by evaluating cellular signals in metastasis associated with the tumor microenvironment during invasion and survival. Our research combines animal science and human medicine to better understand cellular signaling events, particularly those that may lead to disease and cancer.


The effects of conjugated linoleic acid exposure on cyclooxygenase-2 mRNA expression in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated fibroblastic synoviocytes: a preliminary study. A. Millican, K. Vernon, J. Coverdale, W. Bridges, H. Dunn. Comparative Exercise Physiology, in revision. 2018

Bacterial and Viral Products Affect Differential Pattern Recognition Receptor Activation of Chicken Thrombocytes Evidenced Through RNA Sequencing. F.Ferdous, C. Saski, W. Bridges, M. Burns, H. Dunn, K. Elliott and T. Scott. Journal of Immunology, 2017, 199: 774-781.

Transcriptome profile of the chicken thrombocyte: new implications as an advanced immune effector cell. F.Ferdous, C. Saski, W. Bridges, M. Burns, H. Dunn, K. Elliott and T. Scott. PLOS One, 2016 Oct (e0163890). http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0163890

Ruminant Anatomy Photo Atlas, 2nd Edition. 2015. H. Dunn: ISBN 978-1500767600

Companion Animal Anatomy Photo Atlas. 2015.H. Dunn: ISBN 978-1500767631

An empirical framework for binary interactome mapping. Venkatesan K, Rual JF, Vazquez A, Stelzl U, Lemmens I, Hirozane-Kishikawa T, Hao T, Zenkner M, Xin X, Goh KI, Yildirim MA, Simonis N, Heinzmann K, Gebreab F, Sahalie JM, Cevik S, Simon C, de Smet AS, Dann E, Smolyar A, Vinayagam A, Yu H, Szeto D, Borick H, Dricot A, Klitgord N, Murray RR, Lin C, Lalowski M, Timm J, Rau K, Boone C, Braun P, Cusick ME, Roth FP, Hill DE, Tavernier J, Wanker EE, Barabási AL, Vidal M. Nature Methods. 2009 Jan;6(1):83-90.

Literature-curated protein interaction datasets. Michael E. Cusick, Haiyuan Yu, Alex Smolyar, Kavitha Venkatesan, Anne Ruxandra Carvunis, Nicolas Simonis, Jean François Rual, Heather Borick, Pascal Braun, Matija Dreze, Jean Vandenhaute, Mary Galli, Junshi Yazaki, David E. Hill, Joseph R. Ecker, Frederick P. Roth, Marc Vidal. Nature Methods. 2009 Jan;6(1):39-46.