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Kathleen Eyster, Ph.D.

kathleen.eyster@usd.edu

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Position:

  • Director, SD BRIN Genomics Core Facility
  • Professor, Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • USD Sanford School of Medicine

Education:

  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
  • B.S., Biology, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Okla.

Current Research: The major focus of Dr. Eyster's laboratory are endocrinology and reproduction. Three research projects are under investigation. The first project focuses on the genomics of endometriosis. Endometriosis is an estrogen-regulated disease that causes infertility and pain in affected women. This research searches for genes that are involved in the pathogenesis of endometriosis. The second project focuses on the effects of estrogen on the cardiovascular system. Women develop cardiovascular disease at a later age than men, typically after the menopause. This research addresses the hypothesis that estrogen has direct protective effects on the cardiovascular system when the vasculature is healthy, and that estrogen exacerbates cardiovascular disease when the blood vessels are unhealthy. The third project examines hormonal regulation of signal transduction in the ovary. Techniques used in these projects include DNA microarray analysis, real time RT-PCR, Western blot, and cell culture.

To view Kathleen Eyster's recent publications, click here.