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David Castillo Azofeifa, PhD

TitlePostdoctoral Scholar
SchoolUCSF School of Dentistry
DepartmentOrofacial Sciences
Address513 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco CA 94143
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    Universidad de Costa RicaB.S.2006Biology
    University of South CarolinaPSM2010Biological Sciences
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusPh.D.2016Cell and Developmental Biology

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    The scientific area to which I have devoted most of my work is stem cell research. I am interested in signaling circuits that might regulate the stem/progenitor cell pool(s) within epithelial tissues, which are responsible for homeostatic maintenance and regeneration after injury. Uncovering key signals for stem cell proliferation and differentiation will provide new insights useful for disease treatments and regenerative medicine.


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    1. Castillo-Azofeifa D, Losacco JT, Salcedo E, Golden EJ, Finger TE, Barlow LA. Sonic hedgehog from both nerves and epithelium is a key trophic factor for taste bud maintenance. Development. 2017 Sep 01; 144(17):3054-3065. PMID: 28743797.
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    2. Castillo D, Seidel K, Salcedo E, Ahn C, de Sauvage FJ, Klein OD, Barlow LA. Induction of ectopic taste buds by SHH reveals the competency and plasticity of adult lingual epithelium. Development. 2014 Aug; 141(15):2993-3002. PMID: 24993944; PMCID: PMC4197660.
    3. Singh M, Castillo D, Patel CV, Patel RC. Stress-induced phosphorylation of PACT reduces its interaction with TRBP and leads to PKR activation. Biochemistry. 2011 May 31; 50(21):4550-60. PMID: 21526770.
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