Brian Black, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry
Investigator, Cardiovascular Research Institute
Graduate Program Membership: BMS, DSCB, Tetrad
Dr. Black’s research program focuses on transcriptional control of organogenesis to understand normal development, the molecular basis for congenital defects, and potential mechanisms for organ regeneration and repair. Using mouse as a model system, his current efforts are aimed at understanding pathways that control cardiovascular and craniofacial development. Using a combination of conditional gene knockouts, transgenic reporter assays, and biochemical, genomic and computational approaches, he is defining how tissues and cells are organized during organogenesis and how cells receive and interpret positional information. The ultimate goal is to develop diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.