Anatomy and Cell Biology

Angela Arensdorf Defends Thesis


Angela Arensdorf successfully passed her Ph.D. examination on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Her thesis title was "The Mechanisms and Consequences of Gene Suppression During the Unfolded Protein Response". Members of her thesis committee were chair, Thomas Rutkowski from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre from Department of Neurology, Frederick Domann from Free Radical and Radiation Oncology and Botond Banfi and Charles Yeaman from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Dr. Arensdorf's research
focused on the mechanisms of gene suppression in response to endoplasmic reticulum stress.  Dr. Arensdorf received her B.S. from Clarke College in Dubuque with a double major in Biology and Biochemistry. She began the Biosciences Program at the University of Iowa in 2008. During research in Dr. Rutkowski's laboratory, Dr. Arensdorf received travel funds from the University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate and from the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students.

Immediate future plans are to work as a postdoctoral scholar at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Dr. Stacey Odgen’s laboratory where she will be studying the oncogenic potential of the Hedgehog signaling cascade, and the use of ER stress as a potential therapeutic.

Congratulations Dr. Arensdorf!