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Faculty Profile: Timothy Lane, PhD, associate dean for Graduate Studies and professor of Medical Education and of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Timothy Lane, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and a professor of Medical Education and of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He recently joined Feinberg’s faculty in 2019 with his wife, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, who was appointed chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Prior to joining Feinberg, Lane was an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Biological Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles exploring women’s cancers, specifically exploring how stem cells impact the development and progression of such cancers. 

What are your research interests?

My research interests have focused on women’s health with a particular interest in stem cells that impact breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. 

What is the ultimate goal of your research?

To understand fundamental biological interactions that regulate the establishment of adult stem cell compartments and their relationship to aging and disease.

How did you become interested in this area of research?

I have always been interested in the biological circuits that regulate development. When I was a postdoc, I was lucky to discover a signaling protein that impacted adult stem cell compartments in various tissues.  I chose to study cancer and osteoporosis as they have a big impact on women in my family and were a perfect fit with my research interests. 

What types of collaborations are you engaged in across campus (and beyond)? 

Here at the Feinberg, I am focused on graduate and medical education and am forging new relationships to develop curriculum and research opportunities.

Where have you recently published papers?

I have been lucky to be published in the Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, several journals in the Cell Press consortium, including Developmental Cell and Cell Metabolism, and in more specialty journals. 

Who inspires you? Who are your mentors?

I’m fortunate enough to have been mentored by several great scientists and been exposed to top training environments throughout my career. I was possibly most impacted in my choice of research and clinical interests by the women in my family who were devoted to science and by my post-doctoral mentor Dr. Philip Leder who was an inspiration as both a scientist and a mentor.