Dennis M. Defoe


Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information:

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Quillen College of Medicine
PO Box 70582
Stanton-Gerber Hall, Room B213
Lab B247
Phone: 423-439-2010

Research Interests:

1.  Ocular tissue size control
2.  Taste bud regeneration
3.  Stem cell self-renewal and fate


Harrison TA, Smith Adams LB, Moore PD, Perna MK, Sword JD, Defoe DM.  Accelerated turnover of taste bud cells in mice deficient fo the cyclin-dependendt kinase inhibitor p27Kip1.  BMC Neurosci. 2011 Apr 20;12:34

Hoover JL, Bond CE, Hoover DB, Defoe DM. 2014. Effect of neurturin deficiency on cholinergic and catecholaminergic innervation of the murine eye. Exp Eye Res 122:32-39.

Harrison, T.A., He, Z., Boggs, K., Thuret, G., Liu, HX. and Defoe, D.M. 2016. Corneal endothelial cells possess an elaborate multipolar shape to maximize the basolateral to apical membrane area. Mol Vis. 22:31-39.

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