Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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David L. Bolender, PhD
Associate Professor

Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


PhD, West Virginia University, 1974

Mailing Address:
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

Phone: (414) 955-8474
FAX: (414) 955-6517
E-mail: bolender@mcw.edu


PhD, West Virginia University, 1974

Graduate Program
Program in Cell and Developmental Biology 

Research Area: Tissue interactions in embryonic heart development/curriculum development 

Development is driven by interactions between cells of different lineages and between cells and the surrounding extracellular matrix. Using the heart as a model, we are interested in identifying the mechanisms necessary for organizing the various precursor tissues, e.g., endothelial and myocardial into a functional heart. Some of the key factors mediating these events are growth factors such as members of the FGF and TGFB families. Currently we are characterizing the effects of exogenous administration of these growth factors on heart development.

Understanding the dynamics of human development is a challenge for many medical students, especially with the time constraints placed on this area of the medical curriculum. Current efforts in curriculum design are focused on creating animated sequences of various phases of human development. These will be combined with clinical scenarios to create self-study modules for studying normal and abnormal development. We are also creating a set of microscope slides which will encourage integration between histology and pathology. Each slide will contain sections of normal and diseased tissue. The slide set will be used in both courses.


Selected Publications:

  • Franciosi JP, DL Bolender, JL Lough and GL Kolesari: FGF-2-induced imbalance in early embryonic heart cell proliferation: A potential cause of late cardiovascular anomalies. Teratology 62:189-194, 2000.
  • Watkins BP, RE Haushalter, DL Bolender, S Kaplan and GL Kolesari: Postmortem blood tests for HIV, HBV and HCV in a body donation program. J Clin Anat 11:250-252, 1998.
  • Watkins BP, DL Bolender, J Lough and GL Kolesari: Teratogenic effects of implanting fibroblast growth factor-2-soaked beads in the cardiac region of the stage 24 chick embryo. Teratology, 57:140-145, 1998.
  • Lough J, M Barron, M. Brogley, Y Sugi, DL Bolender and X Zhu: Combined BMP-2 and FGF-4 but neither factor alone, induces cardiogenesis in non-precardiac embryonic mesoderm. Dev Biol 178:198-202, 1996.
  • Kaplan S and DL Bolender: Embryology. In Neonatal and Fetal Medicine: Physiology and Pathophysiology. RH Polin and WW Fox, editors. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2nd edition, 1995.


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