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Faculty Profile

Joshua Eli Bloomekatz

Biology
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY
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208 SHOEMAKER HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-3072
Joined UM: August 17, 2017

Brief Bio

Joshua Bloomekatz, Assistant Professor of Biology, received his Ph.D. in Genetics at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, New York, NY in 2009. As a grad student in The Kathryn Anderson Lab at Sloan Kettering Institute his studies found that the PI3K pathway directs the collective movement of the anterior visceral endoderm (AVE) during anterior-posterior patterning (Bloomekatz et al. 2012) and regulates pseudo-stratification of the neural plate (Grego-Bessa, J., Bloomekatz, J. et al. 2015). As a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Deborah Yelon's laboratory he was awarded an AHA postdoctoral fellowship based on his work identifying a role for tal1 in restricting both endocardial adhesion and the plasticity of endocardial cells to switch to a myocardial identity (Schumacher, J*. Bloomekatz, J.* et al. 2013 *co-first authors). His research program as a principal investigator, based on intriguing preliminary findings from these projects, will investigate; the role of adherens junctions, tissue-tissue communication and ECM dynamics in the collective movement of cardiac cells as well as examining the intrinsic ability of cardiac cells to form a two- layered tube (cardiac organoids). Additionally, a long-term goal of the Bloomekatz laboratory will be to translate their findings into understanding specific cardiovascular diseases. His area of specialty at the University of Miss. is tissue morphogenesis, cellular identity and cardiac development.

Degrees

BA
General Studies
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA/BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA (2002)
BS
Molecular Biology
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA/BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA (2002)
PhD
Molecular Biology
G04762 WEILL CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES/NEW YORK, NEW YORK (2010)