Erika L. Matunis

Professor at Johns Hopkins University

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Last Updated 9/18/2017

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Ph.D.  - 

Ph.D.  - Hopkins' Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences

Ph.D.  - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Ph.D.  - Northwestern University


Board Member  - Genetics Society of America

Scientific Advisory Board Member  - Morgridge Institute for Research

Board of Trustees Member  - Gordon Research Conferences incorporated

Advisory Board  - Maryland Science Center's Cellular Universe

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Board of Directors | Genetics Society of America

Erika L. Matunis, PhD (2018)
Professor of Cell Biology Johns Hopkins University

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Scientific Advisory Board - Morgridge Institute for Research

Erika Matunis, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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"Our work exemplifies how one signal coordinately maintains two types of stem cells in a single niche, or microenvironment," says Erika Matunis, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
According to Matunis, it's the increase in integrin that allows somatic stem cells to gain the upper hand because they can stick to the niche better than neighboring germline stem cells can. Though the somatic stem cells were invading the niche, germline stem cells were not dying. In the microscope images, the team found that all remaining germline stem cells still looked alive and healthy, but elbowed out of their niche by somatic stem cells. Says Matunis, no matter how healthy a germline stem cell is, if it cannot stick, it will eventually be outcompeted by the somatic cells and pushed all the way out of the niche.

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