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Nathan Young, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-5366
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    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Studies2007Graduate Division
    Stanford UniversityPostdoctoral Studies2006Plastic Surgery
    University of CalgaryPostdoctoral Studies2004Cell Biology & Anatomy
    Harvard UniversityPh.D.2003Biological Anthropology
    New College of FloridaB.A.1995Anthropology

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    My research utilizes the concepts of variation, functional compromise, and historical constraint as fundamental explanatory principles to address basic biomedical questions through the lens of evolution. My lab combines classical embryology in a range of model and non-model systems with modern genetic tools and advanced methods for quantifying and comparing phenotypes at a range of scales. This approach yields significant insights into not only the processes that contribute to evolutionary diversity among species, but also how individual differences ranging from normal to disease states are generated. My research therefore investigates both normal mechanisms of development as well as the etiology of structural birth defects, and is relevant to longstanding goals of providing personalized and predictive medicine.

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    The developmental genetic basis for evolutionary variation in the hominin shoulder
    NSF BCS-1518596Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Co-Investigator
    A Molecular Investigation of Growth and Shape Variation in Cleft-Lip Etiology
    NIH/NIDCR F32DE018596Sep 1, 2007 - Aug 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Anatomic shoulder parameters and their relationship to the presence of degenerative rotator cuff tears and glenohumeral osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2019 Dec; 28(12):2457-2466. Zaid MB, Young NM, Pedoia V, Feeley BT, Ma CB, Lansdown DA. PMID: 31353303.
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    2. Integrating "Evo" and "Devo": The Limb as Model Structure. Integr Comp Biol. 2017 12 01; 57(6):1293-1302. Young NM. PMID: 28992180.
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    3. Craniofacial diversification in the domestic pigeon and the evolution of the avian skull. Nat Ecol Evol. 2017 Mar 13; 1(4):95. Young NM, Linde-Medina M, Fondon JW, Hallgrímsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 28812673.
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    4. Facial surface morphology predicts variation in internal skeletal shape. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2016 Apr; 149(4):501-8. Young NM, Sherathiya K, Gutierrez L, Nguyen E, Bekmezian S, Huang JC, Hallgrímsson B, Lee JS, Marcucio RS. PMID: 27021454.
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    5. Reply to Almécija: A new direction for reconstructing our last common ancestor with chimpanzees. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 23; 113(8):E945. Young NM, Capellini TD, Roach NT, Alemseged Z. PMID: 26862164.
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    6. Out on a Limb. Developmental Approaches to Human Evolution. 2016 Jan 29; 101-137. Nathan M. Young, Terence D. Capellini. .
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    7. Reply to Melillo: Woranso-Mille is consistent with an australopithecine shoulder intermediate between African apes and Homo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Dec 29; 112(52):E7160. Young NM, Capellini TD, Roach NT, Alemseged Z. PMID: 26676585.
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    8. Morphometrics, 3D Imaging, and Craniofacial Development. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2015; 115:561-97. Hallgrimsson B, Percival CJ, Green R, Young NM, Mio W, Marcucio R. PMID: 26589938.
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    9. Facial Morphogenesis: Physical and Molecular Interactions Between the Brain and the Face. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2015; 115:299-320. Marcucio R, Hallgrimsson B, Young NM. PMID: 26589930.
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    10. Fossil hominin shoulders support an African ape-like last common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Sep 22; 112(38):11829-34. Young NM, Capellini TD, Roach NT, Alemseged Z. PMID: 26351685.
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    11. Signals from the brain induce variation in avian facial shape. Dev Dyn. 2015 Sep; 244(9):1133-1143. Hu D, Young NM, Xu Q, Jamniczky H, Green RM, Mio W, Marcucio RS, Hallgrimsson B. PMID: 25903813.
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    12. Divergence of craniofacial developmental trajectories among avian embryos. Dev Dyn. 2015 Sep; 244(9):1158-1167. Smith FJ, Percival CJ, Young NM, Hu D, Schneider RA, Marcucio RS, Hallgrimsson B. PMID: 25703037.
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    13. Shared rules of development predict patterns of evolution in vertebrate segmentation. Nat Commun. 2015 Apr 01; 6:6690. Young NM, Winslow B, Takkellapati S, Kavanagh K. PMID: 25827599.
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    14. A dynamic Shh expression pattern, regulated by SHH and BMP signaling, coordinates fusion of primordia in the amniote face. Development. 2015 Feb 01; 142(3):567-74. Hu D, Young NM, Li X, Xu Y, Hallgrímsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 25605783.
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    15. Embryonic bauplans and the developmental origins of facial diversity and constraint. Development. 2014 Mar; 141(5):1059-63. Young NM, Hu D, Lainoff AJ, Smith FJ, Diaz R, Tucker AS, Trainor PA, Schneider RA, Hallgrímsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 24550113.
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    16. Macroevolutionary diversity of amniote limb proportions predicted by developmental interactions. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2013 Nov; 320(7):420-7. Young NM. PMID: 23913472.
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    17. Quantification of shape and cell polarity reveals a novel mechanism underlying malformations resulting from related FGF mutations during facial morphogenesis. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Dec 20; 22(25):5160-72. Li X, Young NM, Tropp S, Hu D, Xu Y, Hallgrímsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 23906837.
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    18. The effect of hypoxia on facial shape variation and disease phenotypes in chicken embryos. Dis Model Mech. 2013 Jul; 6(4):915-24. Smith F, Hu D, Young NM, Lainoff AJ, Jamniczky HA, Maltepe E, Hallgrimsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 23592613.
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    19. The generation of variation and the developmental basis for evolutionary novelty. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2012 Sep; 318(6):501-17. Hallgrímsson B, Jamniczky HA, Young NM, Rolian C, Schmidt-Ott U, Marcucio RS. PMID: 22649039.
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    20. Signaling by SHH rescues facial defects following blockade in the brain. Dev Dyn. 2012 Feb; 241(2):247-56. Chong HJ, Young NM, Hu D, Jeong J, McMahon AP, Hallgrimsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 22275045.
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    21. Mechanisms that underlie co-variation of the brain and face. Genesis. 2011 Apr; 49(4):177-89. Marcucio RS, Young NM, Hu D, Hallgrimsson B. PMID: 21381182.
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    22. Quantitative analyses link modulation of sonic hedgehog signaling to continuous variation in facial growth and shape. Development. 2010 Oct; 137(20):3405-9. Young NM, Chong HJ, Hu D, Hallgrímsson B, Marcucio RS. PMID: 20826528.
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    23. Development and the evolvability of human limbs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Feb 23; 107(8):3400-5. Young NM, Wagner GP, Hallgrímsson B. PMID: 20133636.
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    24. Comparative gene expression analysis of avian embryonic facial structures reveals new candidates for human craniofacial disorders. Hum Mol Genet. 2010 Mar 01; 19(5):920-30. Brugmann SA, Powder KE, Young NM, Goodnough LH, Hahn SM, James AW, Helms JA, Lovett M. PMID: 20015954.
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    25. Deciphering the Palimpsest: Studying the Relationship Between Morphological Integration and Phenotypic Covariation. Evol Biol. 2009 Dec; 36(4):355-376. Hallgrímsson B, Jamniczky H, Young NM, Rolian C, Parsons TE, Boughner JC, Marcucio RS. PMID: 23293400.
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    26. Epigenetic Effects on Integration of Limb Lengths in a Mouse Model: Selective Breeding for High Voluntary Locomotor Activity. Evolutionary Biology. 2009 Mar 1; 36(1):88. Nathan M. Young, Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Theodore Garland. .
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    27. Short-faced mice and developmental interactions between the brain and the face. J Anat. 2008 Dec; 213(6):646-62. Boughner JC, Wat S, Diewert VM, Young NM, Browder LW, Hallgrímsson B. PMID: 19094181.
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    28. Timing primate evolution: Lessons from the discordance between molecular and paleontological estimates. Evolutionary Anthropology Issues News and Reviews. 2008 Jul 1; 17(4):179-188. M. E. Steiper, N. M. Young. .
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    29. A comparison of the ontogeny of shape variation in the anthropoid scapula: functional and phylogenetic signal. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2008 Jul; 136(3):247-64. Young NM. PMID: 18324623.
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    30. Morphometrics and Biological Anthropology in the Postgenomic Age. Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton. 2008 Mar 21; 207-235. Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Miriam Leah Zelditch, Trish E. Parsons, Erika Kristensen, Nathan M. Young, Steven K. Boyd. .
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    31. Phenotypic Variability: Its Components, Measurement and Underlying Developmental Processes. Evolutionary Biology. 2007 Dec 1; 34(3-4):99-120. Katherine Elizabeth Willmore, Nathan M. Young, Joan T. Richtsmeier. .
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    32. Geometric morphometric analysis of craniofacial deformity in the noggin mutant. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2007 Sep 1; 205(3):s60. Deepak M. Gupta, Nathan M. Young, Derrick C. Wan, Lisa J. Brunet, Richard M. Harland, Jill A. Helms, Michael T. Longaker. .
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    33. Evolution of covariance in the mammalian skull. Novartis Found Symp. 2007; 284:164-85; discussion 185-90. Hallgrimsson B, Lieberman DE, Young NM, Parsons T, Wat S. PMID: 17710853.
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    34. Comparative morphometrics of embryonic facial morphogenesis: implications for cleft-lip etiology. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2007 Jan; 290(1):123-39. Young NM, Wat S, Diewert VM, Browder LW, Hallgrímsson B. PMID: 17441205.
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    35. Function, ontogeny and canalization of shape variance in the primate scapula. J Anat. 2006 Nov; 209(5):623-36. Young NM. PMID: 17062020.
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    36. Primate molecular divergence dates. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2006 Nov; 41(2):384-94. Steiper ME, Young NM. PMID: 16815047.
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    37. Canalization and developmental stability in the Brachyrrhine mouse. J Anat. 2006 Mar; 208(3):361-72. Willmore KE, Zelditch ML, Young N, Ah-Seng A, Lozanoff S, Hallgrímsson B. PMID: 16533318.
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    38. Serial homology and the evolution of mammalian limb covariation structure. Evolution. 2005 Dec; 59(12):2691-704. Young NM, Hallgrímsson B. PMID: 16526515.
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    39. SERIAL HOMOLOGY AND THE EVOLUTION OF MAMMALIAN LIMB COVARIATION STRUCTURE. Evolution. 2005 Jan 1; 59(12):2691-2704. Nathan M. Young, Benedikt Hallgrmsson. .
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    40. Genomic data support the hominoid slowdown and an Early Oligocene estimate for the hominoid-cercopithecoid divergence. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Dec 07; 101(49):17021-6. Steiper ME, Young NM, Sukarna TY. PMID: 15572456.
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    41. Modularity and integration in the hominoid scapula. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2004 May 15; 302(3):226-40. Young N. PMID: 15211684.
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    42. The phylogenetic position of Morotopithecus. J Hum Evol. 2004 Feb; 46(2):163-84. Young NM, MacLatchy L. PMID: 14871561.
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    43. A reassessment of living hominoid postcranial variability: implications for ape evolution. J Hum Evol. 2003 Dec; 45(6):441-64. Young NM. PMID: 14643673.
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