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Cell and systems biology, Biochemistry and structural biology, Molecular mechanisms of disease
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Dr. Zacks is a vitreo-retinal specialist and clinician-scientist at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center. He has an NIH-funded research effort focusing on the molecular regulatory mechanisms controlling photoreceptor death or survival during periods of retinal disease. He is a member of the University of Michigan Vision Training Program and the Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Gene and Molecular Therapy at the Kellogg Eye Center.

Internal Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Biology
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Our lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms by which the lung epithelium regenerates after injury. Failure of lung regeneration is thought to drive the development of lung diseases such as fibrosis and emphysema. Specifically, we are exploring the mechanisms underlying proliferation and differentiation of alveolar epithelial cells. We identified β-catenin and TGF β as important drivers of alveolar regeneration. Recently, we identified a novel transitional cell state during alveolar differentiation. We use mouse and cell culture models to study the mechanisms regulating alveolar...