Crystal D Rogers

Title(s)Associate Professor, VM: Anatomy Physiology & Cell Biology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    UCLA, Los Angeles, CABS2001Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
    Georgetown University, Washington DCPhD2009Developmental Biology
    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CAPostdoctoral Fellowship2015Developmental and Molecular Biology
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    Marine Biological Laboratory 2022Nancy S. Rafferty Lectureship in Embryology
    UC Davis2021Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) Graduate Group 1st Year Teaching
    Research Corporation for Science Advancement funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative2020  - 2023Scialog Advancing Bioimaging Fellow
    UC Davis2019  - 2020Faculty Scholar of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS)
    FASEB2018Winner of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology BioArt competition
    American Society for Cell Biology2015Best postdoctoral poster ASCB/MAC poster competition
    Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education2008Best Oral Presentation
    Georgetown University2007Most Outstanding Graduate Student in the Department of Biology

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    I study the molecular mechanisms that drive neural crest cell development in chicken (Gallus gallus), quail (Coturnix japonica), and axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) embryos. More specifically, I am interested in identifying and characterizing genes and proteins involved in the specification of these tissues as well as those controlling the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process that occurs naturally during development and also during cancer transformation. Eventually, I hope to identify new proteins, and new roles for established proteins that regulate neural crest development.
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    MRI with molecular specificity for a new realm of neurodevelopmental research
    Research Corporation of America 28691Jul 14, 2022 - Jul 13, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Mechanisms of microtubule-mediated cranial neural crest EMT and differentiation
    NIH NIDCR R03DE032047-01Jul 1, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Functional Analysis of Crest EffectorS (FACES)
    NSF IOS 2143217Jan 1, 2022 - Jan 31, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. The graduate school guide: How to prepare for the qualifying exam and assemble a thesis/graduate committee. J Cell Physiol. 2024 Apr 09. Rogers CD, Kirabo A, McReynolds M, Sweetwyne MT, Wanjalla C, Benjamin J, Williams EM, Gaddy JA, Williams CR, Damo SM, Murray SA, Hinton A. PMID: 38595027.
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    2. Effectiveness of fixation methods for wholemount immunohistochemistry across cellular compartments in chick embryos. bioRxiv. 2024 Mar 25. Echeverria CV, Leathers TA, Rogers CD. PMID: 38585750; PMCID: PMC10996528.
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    3. Pluripotency of a founding field: rebranding developmental biology. Development. 2024 Feb 01; 151(3). Rogers CD, Amemiya C, Arur S, Babonis L, Barresi M, Bartlett M, Behringer R, Benham-Pyle B, Bergmann D, Blackman B, Brown CT, Browne B, Camacho J, Chabu CY, Chow I, Cleaver O, Cool J, Dennis MY, Dickinson AJ, Di Talia S, Frank M, Gillmor S, Haag ES, Hariharan I, Harland R, Husbands A, Jerome-Majewska L, Koenig K, Labonne C, Layden M, Lowe C, Mani M, Martik M, McKown K, Moens C, Mosimann C, Onyenedum J, Reed R, Rivera A, Rokhsar D, Royer L, Rutaganira F, Shahan R, Sinha N, Swalla B, Van Norman JM, Wagner DE, Wikramanayake A, Zebell S, Brady SM. PMID: 38345109; PMCID: PMC10986740.
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    4. How do DEI initiatives impact STEMM, and why do we still need them? Cell. 2023 06 08; 186(12):2506-2509. Ahmed I, Armstrong A, Clemons TA, Clune-Taylor C, Love-Rutledge ST, Phillips MA, Rogers CD, Williams MJ. PMID: 37295395.
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    5. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and implications for the cyclooxygenase pathway in embryonic development. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2023 02 01; 324(2):C532-C539. Leathers TA, Rogers CD. PMID: 36622071; PMCID: PMC9925163.
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    6. Promoting validation and cross-phylogenetic integration in model organism research. Dis Model Mech. 2022 09 01; 15(9). Cheng KC, Burdine RD, Dickinson ME, Ekker SC, Lin AY, Lloyd KCK, Lutz CM, MacRae CA, Morrison JH, O'Connor DH, Postlethwait JH, Rogers CD, Sanchez S, Simpson JH, Talbot WS, Wallace DC, Weimer JM, Bellen HJ. PMID: 36125045; PMCID: PMC9531892.
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    7. Time to go: neural crest cell epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Development. 2022 08 01; 149(15). Leathers TA, Rogers CD. PMID: 35905012; PMCID: PMC9440755.
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    8. The amazing and anomalous axolotls as scientific models. Dev Dyn. 2022 06; 251(6):922-933. Adamson CJ, Morrison-Welch N, Rogers CD. PMID: 35322911; PMCID: PMC9536427.
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    9. Editorial from the new Editors-in-Chief of 'Differentiation'. Differentiation. 2022 Mar-Apr; 124:60. Jerome-Majewska LA, Rogers CD, Uribe RA. PMID: 35219897.
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    10. Expression atlas of avian neural crest proteins: Neurulation to migration. Dev Biol. 2022 03; 483:39-57. Monroy BY, Adamson CJ, Camacho-Avila A, Guerzon CN, Echeverria CV, Rogers CD. PMID: 34990731; PMCID: PMC8855354.
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    11. Cadherin-11 Is Required for Neural Crest Specification and Survival. Front Physiol. 2020; 11:563372. Manohar S, Camacho-Magallanes A, Echeverria C, Rogers CD. PMID: 33192560; PMCID: PMC7662130.
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    12. Early expression of Tubulin Beta-III in avian cranial neural crest cells. Gene Expr Patterns. 2019 12; 34:119067. Chacon J, Rogers CD. PMID: 31369820; PMCID: PMC6878122.
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    13. Data on the effects of N-cadherin perturbation on the expression of type II cadherin proteins and major signaling pathways. Data Brief. 2018 Oct; 20:419-425. Rogers CD. PMID: 30175208; PMCID: PMC6116335.
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    14. A catenin-dependent balance between N-cadherin and E-cadherin controls neuroectodermal cell fate choices. Mech Dev. 2018 08; 152:44-56. Rogers CD, Sorrells LK, Bronner ME. PMID: 30009960; PMCID: PMC6112866.
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    15. Specifying neural crest cells: From chromatin to morphogens and factors in between. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2018 Sep; 7(5):e322. Rogers CD, Nie S. PMID: 29722151; PMCID: PMC6215528.
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    16. Sip1 mediates an E-cadherin-to-N-cadherin switch during cranial neural crest EMT. J Cell Biol. 2013 Dec 09; 203(5):835-47. Rogers CD, Saxena A, Bronner ME. PMID: 24297751; PMCID: PMC3857483.
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    17. Elk3 is essential for the progression from progenitor to definitive neural crest cell. Dev Biol. 2013 Feb 15; 374(2):255-63. Rogers CD, Phillips JL, Bronner ME. PMID: 23266330; PMCID: PMC3558539.
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    18. The response of early neural genes to FGF signaling or inhibition of BMP indicate the absence of a conserved neural induction module. BMC Dev Biol. 2011 Dec 15; 11:74. Rogers CD, Ferzli GS, Casey ES. PMID: 22172147; PMCID: PMC3271986.
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    19. Neural induction and factors that stabilize a neural fate. Birth Defects Res C Embryo Today. 2009 Sep; 87(3):249-62. Rogers CD, Moody SA, Casey ES. PMID: 19750523; PMCID: PMC2756055.
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    20. Xenopus Sox3 activates sox2 and geminin and indirectly represses Xvent2 expression to induce neural progenitor formation at the expense of non-neural ectodermal derivatives. Mech Dev. 2009 Jan-Feb; 126(1-2):42-55. Rogers CD, Harafuji N, Archer T, Cunningham DD, Casey ES. PMID: 18992330; PMCID: PMC2700551.
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    21. Sox3 expression is maintained by FGF signaling and restricted to the neural plate by Vent proteins in the Xenopus embryo. Dev Biol. 2008 Jan 01; 313(1):307-19. Rogers CD, Archer TC, Cunningham DD, Grammer TC, Casey EM. PMID: 18031719; PMCID: PMC2211421.
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