The role of the mechanosensor YAP in skin regeneration

Dr Annemiek Beverdam, Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Annemiek is a mouse developmental geneticist with interest in skin development and and in the genetic basis of human skin disease. She obtained her PhD in craniofacial and limb development at the Hubrecht Institute in The Netherlands. Subsequently, she performed a short postdoctoral research project on craniofacial and limb development in Genova, Italy. Then she moved to the IMB in Brisbane, where she was in Professor Peter Koopman's laboratory, and investigated the genetics underlying sex determination and development of the reproductive system. She initiated her current research interest the role of YAP in epidermal regeneration at UQ. And currently, she is Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Head of the Developmental and Regenerative Dermatology Laboratory at UNSW Sydney. Her NHMRC-funded research investigates the genetic context in which Yes-associated protein (YAP) functions to control normal skin regeneration, and how these processes are perturbed in skin diseases such as skin cancer and eczema. Her work has been published in journals such as Development, Human Molecular Genetics, The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and Cell Death & Disease.