Liang Ma, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Dermatology)

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

There are two major research areas in my lab. One is to study the molecular mechanism of alopecia and the other the development of the female reproductive tract. Specifically we are interested in how homeodomain transcription factors regulate epithelial differentiation. Using human alopecia samples and mouse knockout models, we wish to identify gene expression changes associated with hair loss. In the uterus, we are interested in the function of a family of anti-apoptotic proteins, Bircs in estrogen-mediated apoptotic suppression and their roles in endometrial cancer development and progression.