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Susan Waltz, PhD, is a professor of cancer and cell biology.  
Susan Waltz, PhD
Specialty: Cancer and Cell Biology
Sub-Specialty: Oncology
Department: Cancer Biology
Title: Professor
Phone: (513) 558-8675


BS (Biology): Youngstown State University
PhD (Biomedical Science): Wright State University
Fellowship (Developmental Biology): Cincinnati Children's Hospital


Receptor tyrosine kinases in inflammation and disease

Current Research:

Ron in breast development and cancer
Hepatocyte growth factor-like protein receptor
Ron in skin cancer
The Ron receptor tyrosine kinase in hepatic tumorigenesis

Professional Affiliation:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Research Foundation/University of Cincinnati
Women's Faculty Association of the Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital

Recent Awards/Honors:

Career Development Award, Department of Defense, 2002
Basil O'Connor Award, March of Dimes, 1999
Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association-National Center, 1999.
Poster of Distinction, 14th Annual Meeting of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 2001
National Research Service Award, Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH, 1996
Board of Trustee Postdoctoral Fellowship, Children's Hospital Research Foundation, 1994-1997
Wright State University Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Grant in Aid,1993.
Wright State University, Graduate Program Award, Highest Distinction of the 1989 Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. class (Awarded Spring 1991).

Selected Publications:

Some of Dr. Waltz's recent publications include:

Hess, K.A.; Waltz, S.E.; Toney-Earley, K. and Degen, S.J.F. The receptor tyrosine kinase Ron is expressed in the mouse ovary and modulates iNOS levels and Ovulation. In Press, Fertility and Sterility.

Hess, K.A.; Waltz, S.E.; Chan, E.L. and Degen, S.J.F. The receptor tyrosine kinase Ron is expressed in mouse reproductive tissues during embryonic implantation and is important in trophoblast cell function. Biology of Reproduction, Print version: 2003.

Editorial on article #13 by Neil Kaplowitz on "After Ron is Gone" in Hepatology Highlights, Hepatology 36(5):1037-1038, 2002.

Leonis, M.A.; Toney-Early, K.; Degen S.J.F. and Waltz, S.E. Deletion of the tyrosine kinase domain of the Ron tyrosine kinase receptor leads to marked protection in a murine model of endotoxin-mediated acute liver failure. Hepatology 36(5):1053-1060, 2002.

McDowell, S.A.; Mallakin, A.; Toney-Early, K.; Bruno, T.; Prows, D.R.; Bachurski, C.J.; Kaestner, K.H.; Witte, D.P.; Melin-Aldana, H.; Degen, S.J.F.; Leikauf, G.D. and Waltz, S.E. The role of the receptor tyrosine kinase Ron in nickel-induced acute lung injury. Am. J. Respir. Cell Mol. Biol. 26:99-104, 2002.

Peace, B.E.; Hughes, M.J.; Degen, S.J.F. and Waltz, S.E. Point Mutations and overexpression of Ron induce transformation, tumor formation, and metastasis. Oncogene 20:6142-6151, 2001.


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