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Katherine A. Fantauzzo

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fantauzzo
Dr. Katherine Fantauzzo

​Department of Craniofacial Biology
Mail Stop 8120
12801 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-1025
Fax: 303-724-4580
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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Ph.D., Genetics and Development, Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Genetics and Development, Columbia University 
  • M.A., Genetics and Development, Columbia University
  • B.S., Biology, Bucknell University

Honors and Awards:

  • Samuel W. Rover and Lewis Rover Award for outstanding achievement in Genetics and Development
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows
  • NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators

Department Affiliations:

  • Department of Craniofacial Biology


Research Interests:

  • Receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in mammalian craniofacial development

Recent Publications:

  • Kingsley PD, Malik J, Fantauzzo KA, Palis J. (2004) Yolk sac-derived primitive erythroblasts enucleate during mammalian embryogenesis. Blood 104:19-25.
  • Bazzi H, Fantauzzo KA, Richardson GD, Jahoda CA, Christiano AM. (2007) Transcriptional profiling of developing mouse epidermis reveals novel patterns of coordinated gene expression. Dev Dyn 236:961-970.
  • Bazzi H, Fantauzzo KA, Richardson GD, Jahoda CA, Christiano AM. (2007) The Wnt inhibitor, Dickkopf 4, is induced by canonical Wnt signaling during ectodermal appendage morphogenesis. Dev Biol 305:498-507.
  • Ishii Y, Wajid M, Bazzi H, Fantauzzo KA, Barber AG, Blaydon DC, Nam JS, Yoon JK, Kelsell DP, Christiano AM. (2008) Mutations in R-spondin 4 (RSPO4) underlie inherited anonychia. J Invest Dermatol 128:867-870.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Bazzi H, Jahoda CA, Christiano AM. (2008) Dynamic expression of the zinc-finger transcription factor Trps1 during hair follicle morphogenesis and cycling. Gene Expr Patterns 8:51-57.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Tadin-Strapps M, You Y, Mentzer SE, Baumeister FA, Cianfarani S, Van Maldergem L, Warburton D, Sundberg JP, Christiano AM. (2008) A position effect on TRPS1 is associated with Ambras syndrome in humans and the Koala phenotype in mice. Hum Mol Genet 17:3539-3551.
  • Richardson GD, Fantauzzo KA, Bazzi H, Maatta A, Jahoda CA. (2009) Dynamic expression of Syndecan-1 during hair follicle morphogenesis. Gene Expr Patterns 9:454-460.
  • Richardson GD, Bazzi H, Fantauzzo KA, Waters JM, Crawford H, Hynd P, Christiano AM, Jahoda CA. (2009) KGF and EGF signaling block hair follicle induction and promote interfollicular epidermal fate in developing mouse skin. Development 136:2153-2164.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Christiano AM. (2011) There and back again: hair follicle stem cell dynamics. Cell Stem Cell 8:8-9.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Christiano AM. (2012) Trps1 activates a network of secreted Wnt inhibitors and transcription factors crucial to vibrissa follicle morphogenesis. Development 139:203-214.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Kurban M, Levy B, Christiano AM. (2012) Trps1 and its target gene Sox9 regulate epithelial proliferation in the developing hair follicle and are associated with hypertrichosis. PLoS Genet 8:e1003002.
  • DeStefano GM, Fantauzzo KA, Petukhova L, Kurban M, Tadin-Strapps M, Levy B, Warburton D, Cirulli ET, Han Y, Sun X, Shen Y, Shirazi M, Jobanputra V, Cepeda-Valdes R, Cesar Salas-Alanis J, Christiano AM. (2013) Position effect on FGF13 associated with X-linked congenital generalized hypertrichosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110:7790-7795.
  • DeStefano GM, Kurban M, Anyane-Yeboa K, Dall’Armi C, Di Paolo G, Feenstra H, Silverberg N, Rohena L, Lopez-Cepeda LD, Jobanputra V, Fantauzzo KA, Kiuru M, Tadin-Strapps M, Sobrino A, Vitebsky A, Warburton D, Levy B, Salas-Alanis JC, Christiano AM. (2014) Mutations in the cholesterol transporter gene ABCA5 are associated with excessive hair overgrowth. PLoS Genet 10:e1004333.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Soriano P. (2014) PI3K-mediated PDGFR signaling regulates survival and proliferation in skeletal development through p53-dependent intracellular pathways. Genes Dev 28:1005-1017.
  • Fantauzzo KA, Soriano P. (2015) Receptor tyrosine kinase signaling: regulating neural crest development one phosphate at a time. In Curr Top Dev Biol, Vol 111, Neural Crest and Placodes (ed. Paul Trainor), pp. 135-182. UK: Academic Press.

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