Heather Burkin, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Animal Sciences/Reproductive Biology, University of Illinois, 2003
- 2013-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV.
- 2011-2013: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV.
- 2010-2011: Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV.
- 1997-2003: Graduate Student, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
- 2003: University of Illinois College of ACES Graduate Student Research Award
- 2002-2003: David H. and Norraine A. Baker Graduate Fellowship in Animal Sciences
- 1998-2000: United States Public Health Service Fellowship in Reproductive Biology
- 1992: American Cancer Society Student Cancer Research Fellowship
My current research is focused on signaling pathways in the pregnant uterus. I have been involved in a variety of research topics related to understanding fertility and fetal, infant and child health problems at the molecular level during a career spanning approximately 10 years. This topic is extremely relevant today when 12.8% of births in the United States are premature. Since preterm birth is the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality, it is distressing that this number is so much higher than in other developed countries.
My research is focused on signaling pathways activated by stretch in human myometrium. An estimated 10% of preterm births can be attributed to abnormal uterine distension and mechanical forces regulate myometrial gene expression, cell growth, and contractility. Further defining the signaling pathways that regulate stretch-induced activation of the human myometrium will have important implications for the treatment of preterm labor.
- PHAR 770 Reproductive Pharmacology (Co-coordinator)
- PHAR 710 Molecular Pharmacology (Lecturer)
- PHAR 725 Ethics in Scientific Research (Lecturer)
- PHAR 610 Medical Pharmacology (Lecturer)