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Cell Biology

Dr. Cathy Thaler

Main Areas of Expertise Cell biology; Developmental biology; Signal transduction; Protein biochemistry Secondary Areas of Expertise Fertilisation; Organelle motility; Egg activation; Early development Biography Dr. Thaler's training incorporates a broad background in cell, molecular, and developmental biology, as well as reproductive biology. Her research endeavours began with work as a mariculturist studying captive breeding of Homarus americanus. Since graduate school she has focused on cell signalling events in diverse cell processes including regulation of organelle transport in fish melanophores, neurotrophin requirements for peripheral neuron survival, and sperm-egg interactions during fertilisation and egg activation. She is currently focusing on activation and regulation of waveform of sperm motility. Her research studies have used a number of organisms, including mouse, rat, sea urchin, mollusks, fish, and insects. After several years of post-doctoral research, Dr. Cathy Thaler accepted a faculty position at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Dr. Thaler recently returned to the University of California at Riverside as an Assistant Research Biologist and Lecturer. Education PhD Biology, University of California BS Biology, Loyola Marymount University The Virtual Cell Course, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT The Physiology Course, Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole, MA Reviewer National Science Foundation (USA); Development; Developmental Biology; Molecular Reproduction and Development; Biology of Reproduction; Fertility and Sterility; Reproduction, Fertility and Development; Theriogenology; PLOS One Current Activity Research and Lecturing in Biology at the University of California, Riverside