Erin Sparks
Last active: 3/7/2011


Erin E. Sparks is a graduate student in Dr. Huppert’s lab. Erin graduated from Northwestern University in 2004 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering specializing in Transport Processes and Tissue Engineering. As an undergraduate she received awards for her senior design project to design a bone clamp for use in orthopedic surgery, which is in the process of being patented. She also worked in Dr. H. William Schnaper’s lab in Pediatric Nephrology and stayed on as a research technologist for 2 years after graduation. In Dr. Schnaper’s lab she investigated the crosstalk between TGF-Beta and cytoskeletal signaling in human kidney mesangial cells as it pertains to glomerulosclerosis. In the fall of 2007, Erin matriculated in the IGP program at Vanderbilt and subsequently joined the Huppert lab. Currently Erin is working to elucidate mechanisms of liver biliary development and signaling pathways that contribute to bile duct epithelial cell specification.


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Most recent publication(s) are shown below:

  1. Defects in hepatic Notch signaling result in disruption of the communicating intrahepatic bile duct network in mice. Sparks EE, Perrien DS, Huppert KA, Peterson TE, Huppert SS (2011) Dis Model Mech 4(3): 359-67
    › Primary publication · 21282722 (PubMed) · PMC3097457 (PubMed Central)
  2. Notch signaling regulates formation of the three-dimensional architecture of intrahepatic bile ducts in mice. Sparks EE, Huppert KA, Brown MA, Washington MK, Huppert SS (2010) Hepatology 51(4): 1391-400
    › Primary publication · 20069650 (PubMed) · PMC2995854 (PubMed Central)
  3. Rac1 promotes TGF-beta-stimulated mesangial cell type I collagen expression through a PI3K/Akt-dependent mechanism. Hubchak SC, Sparks EE, Hayashida T, Schnaper HW (2009) Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 297(5): F1316-23
    › Primary publication · 19726546 (PubMed) · PMC2781339 (PubMed Central)