Scott Atwood

Scott Atwood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology and the Department of Dermatology at the University of California Irvine. He received is PhD from the University of Oregon where he defined how polarity is established and maintained in neural stem cells of the fly brain. He then completed postdoctoral training the the laboratory of Anthony Oro at Stanford University where his interest in skin and skin cancer drove him to discover connections between polarity and the Hedgehog pathway. His current research focuses on skin development and skin cancer, using a range of techniques from biochemistry and molecular biology to mouse genetics and skin equivalents to define how protein kinases alter transcription factor activity to influence cell identity.