Tracy-Ann Read, Ph.D.

Tracy-Ann Read, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Lab: BMS J415
Phone: (352) 273-8154
Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training

Ph.D. – Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Bergen, Norway (2001)
M.S. – Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Bergen, Norway (1996)
B.A. – University of Bergen, Norway (1994)

Postdoctoral Training

Senior Research Associate – Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Duke University, Durham, NC/ University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway (2004-2009)

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Duke University, Department of Pathology, Durham, NC/ Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD (2002-2004)

Research Interests

Disruption of a neuronal cell’s ability to move or maintain it’s shape can have devastating effects on brain development and function. This can ultimately lead to illnesses such as brain cancer and neurodegenerative disease. Since cell movement and structural integrity are vital to most normal biological processes, they are tightly regulated in both space and time. My current research is focused on better understanding the molecular basis and regulation of cell movement and structural rearrangement and how these processes go awry in brain cancer metastasis and Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To this end we use mouse models of ALS and brain cancer in combination with live-cell microscopy and quantitative imaging techniques, which allows us to study these processes all the way from cell culture to a pre-clinical setting.


Emmenegger BA, Hwang EI, Moore C, Markant SL, Brun SN, Dutton JW, Read TA, Fogarty MP, Singh AR, Durden DL, Yang C, McKeehan WL, Wechsler-Reya RJ (2013). Distinct roles for fibroblast growth factor signaling in cerebellar development and medulloblastoma. Oncogene. Aug 29;32(35):4181-8. doi: 10.1038/onc.2012.440. PubMed

Buss MC, Read TA, Schniederjan MJ, Gandhi K, Castellino RC (2012). HDM2 Promotes WIP1-Mediated Medulloblastoma Growth. Neuro Oncol. Apr;14(4):440-58. Epub 2012 Feb 29. PubMed

Pei.Y., Moore, CE., Wang, J., Tewari, AK., Eroshkin, A., Cho, YJ., Witt, H., Korshunov, A., Read, TA., Sun, JL., Schmitt ,EM., Miller, CR., Buckley, AF., McLendon, RE., Westbrook, TF., Northcott, PA., Taylor, MD., Pfister, SM., Febbo, PG.,Wechsler-Reya, RJ (2012). An Animal model of MYC-Driven Medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell. Feb 14; 21(2):155-6. | PubMed

Read TA, Wechsler-Reya RJ. (2012). Spheres without Influence: Dissociating In Vitro Self-Renewal from Tumorigenic Potential in Glioma. Cancer Cell. Jan 17; 21(1):1-3. | PubMed

Read, T.A., Fogarty, M.P., Markant, S.L., McLendon, R.E., Wei, Z., Ellison, D.W., Febbo, P.G., and Wechsler-Reya, R.J. (2009). Identification of CD15 as a marker for tumor-propagating cells in a mouse model of medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell. 3; 15(2):135-47. | PubMed

Yang, Z.J., Ellis, T., Markant, S.L., Read, T.A., Kessler, J.D., Bourboulas, M., Schuller, U., Machold, R., Fishell, G., Rowitch, D.H., Wainwright, B.J., and Wechsler-Reya, R.J. (2008). Medulloblastoma can be initiated by deletion of Patched in lineage-restricted progenitors or stem cells. Cancer Cell 14, 135-145. | PubMed

Vajkoczy, P., Knyazev, P., Kunkel, A., Capelle, H.H., Behrndt, S., von Tengg-Kobligk, H., Kiessling, F., Eichelsbacher, U., Essig, M., Read, T.A., Erber, R., and Ullrich, A. (2006). Dominant-negative inhibition of the Axl receptor tyrosine kinase suppresses brain tumor cell growth and invasion and prolongs survival. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci U S A 103, 5799-5804. | PubMed

Read, T.A., Hegedus, B., Wechsler-Reya, R., and Gutmann, D.H. (2006). The neurobiology of neurooncology. Ann Neurol 60, 3-11. 16, 107-115. | PubMed

Oliver, T.G., Read, T.A., Kessler, J.D., Mehmeti, A., Wells, J.F., Huynh, T.T., Lin, S.M., and Wechsler-Reya, R.J. (2005). Loss of patched and disruption of granule cell development in a preneoplastic stage of medulloblastoma. Development 132, 2425-2439. | PubMed

Lee, A., Kessler, J.D., Read, T.A., Kaiser, C., Corbeil, D., Huttner, W.B., Johnson, J.E., and Wechsler-Reya, R.J. (2005). Isolation of neural stem cells from the postnatal cerebellum. Nat Neurosci 8, 723-729. | PubMed

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Major Teaching Responsibilities

DEN 5126C Histology (Spring 2016)