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Debra Baluch

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Assoc Research Scientist FSC
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography

Page Baluch oversees the training and maintenance of microscope systems within the WM Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the skeleton within cells, which is also called a cytoskeleton.

The cytoskeleton is involved in many processes such as cell division, structure, movement and the transport of vesicles. Because it can be assembled and disassembled very quickly, it is believed that the cytoskeleton may also play a role in cellular communication by helping the cell organize signals quickly in space and time.

Current projects in the Baluch lab include studying how the cytoskeleton organizes communication; how short term stress can affect neuron structure and possibly function; why hormones increase neuron signaling; and creating 3D images to help blind students succeed in school.

Education

PhD, 2007, Arizona State University

Publications
  • Huang, a., Nielson, G. Razdan, a., Farin, G., Capco, D. andBaluch, D.P. (2006). Thin Structure Segmentation and Visualization in Three-dimensional Biomedical Images: A Shape-Based Approach. IEEE TVCG 12 (1): 93-102. PMID: 16382611
  • Baluch, D. P. and Capco, D. G. (2008) GSK3β Mediates Acentromeric Spindle Stabilization by Activated PKCζ. Dev. Biol. 17 (1), pp 46-58. PMID: 18353303
  • K. Tamura, V. A. Mager, L. A. Burnett, J. H. Olson, J. B. Brower, A. R.Casano, D. P. Baluch, J. H. Targovnik, R. A. Windhorst, R. M. Herman. (2010)  Semi-automated method of analysis of small sensory nerve fibers in human skin-biopsies. J Neurosci Methods, 185, pp 325-337. PMID: 19852982
  • Langlais, P., Dillon, J.L., Mengos, A., Baluch, D.P., Ardebili, R., Miranda, D.N, Xie, X., Heckmann, B.L., Liu, J., and Mandarino, L.J. (2012). Identification of a Role for CLASP2 in Insulin Action. J. Biol. Chem, 287 (46): 39245-53. PMID: 22992739
  • Baluch, D.P. (2014) FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive faculty development strategies that work:Jumpstarting STEM Careers. Editors: Heller, R. and Mavriplis, C. Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA.
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 503Bioimaging Lab
BIO 591Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 503Bioimaging Lab
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 503Bioimaging Lab
BIO 591Seminar
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 591Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 503Bioimaging Lab
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 496Undergraduate Thesis
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 451Cell Biotechnology Laboratory
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
MBB 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
MBB 499Individualized Instruction
BIO 503Bioimaging Lab