Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Universidad Agraria (2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kansas (2012)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kansas, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science, Universidad Agraria La Molina, Biotechnology (2004)


All Publications

  • Sensory hair cell development and regeneration: similarities and differences DEVELOPMENT Atkinson, P. J., Najarro, E. H., Sayyid, Z. N., Cheng, A. G. 2015; 142 (9): 1561-1571


    Sensory hair cells are mechanoreceptors of the auditory and vestibular systems and are crucial for hearing and balance. In adult mammals, auditory hair cells are unable to regenerate, and damage to these cells results in permanent hearing loss. By contrast, hair cells in the chick cochlea and the zebrafish lateral line are able to regenerate, prompting studies into the signaling pathways, morphogen gradients and transcription factors that regulate hair cell development and regeneration in various species. Here, we review these findings and discuss how various signaling pathways and factors function to modulate sensory hair cell development and regeneration. By comparing and contrasting development and regeneration, we also highlight the utility and limitations of using defined developmental cues to drive mammalian hair cell regeneration.

    View details for DOI 10.1242/dev.114926

    View details for Web of Science ID 000353591300002

    View details for PubMedID 25922522

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4419275