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Judy Leatherman

Judy Leatherman

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences
Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Ross Hall, Room 2510
Office Hours
M 2:30-4:00 W 10:00-11:30
Mailing Address
501 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80639


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Research/Areas of Interest

My research is in stem cell biology. My lab studies adult stem cells in the specialized microenvironment where they reside in the body, called the “niche”. We are interested in how stem cells are maintained in an undifferentiated state over the lifetime of the organism, and how the niche influences the choice between staying as a stem cell (“self-renewing”) or undergoing differentiation.

As a model system, my lab utilizes the well-defined stem cell niche in the testis of the fruit fly Drosophila. Here, stem cell activity leads to continual sperm production by male flies. We use classical and modern approaches for in vivo genetic manipulation, as well as standard molecular biology, biochemistry, and tissue culture approaches to explore the molecular basis of niche functioning. I also plan to initiate a project investigating the similarities between cancer cells and normal stem cells.

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