Catherine Safran, PhD
- Assistant Professor
- International Relations
- Science & Environment
- Health Sciences
Programs I Teach
- PhD, Developmental Biology (1994)
University of Strasbourg (France)
I use my passion for life sciences and longstanding experience with muscular-skeletal research to introduce students to important concepts in field as various as evolution, plant & animal physiology, and environmental sciences.
My instructional strengths include emphasis on student engagement in the classroom, continuous evaluation of student learning progress, and special attention to student equity and well-being.
My research interest includes the study of mechanisms involved in mineralized tissue growth and repair. I am currently working in collaboration with Dr. Liyun Wang (University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering) to elucidate the role of the pericellular matrix in the bone response to load.
• Preclinical models of bone & joint diseases
• Developmental biology of mineralized tissues
• Cytomechanics and cell signaling
• Scientific teaching for pre-health professions
- Trabecular Bone Deficit and Enhanced Anabolic Response to Re-Ambulation after Disuse in Perlecan-Deficient Skeleton. Parajuli A, Pei S, Zhao H, Martinez JR, Lu XL, Liu XS, Farach-Carson MC, Kirn-Safran CB, Wang L. Biomolecules. 2020, 10: pii: E198.
- Perlecan/Hspg2 deficiency impairs bone’s calcium signaling and associated transcriptome in response to mechanical loading. Pei S, Parthasarathy S, Parajuli A, Martinez J, Lv M, Jiang S, Wu D, Wei S, Lu XL, Farach-Carson MC, Kirn-Safran CB, Wang L. Bone. 2020, 131:115078.
- Srinivasan P.P., Parajuli A., Price C., Wang L., Duncan R.L., Kirn-Safran C.B. Inhibition of T-Type Voltage Sensitive Calcium Channel Impairs Osteoblast Response to Mechanical Stress and Prevents Load-induced OA in Mice. PLoS One. 2015 26;10:e0127290
- Lowe D.A., Lepori-Bui N., Fomin P.V., Sloofman L.G., Zhou X., Farach-Carson M.C., Wang L., and Kirn-Safran C.B. Deficiency in perlecan/HSPG2 Secretion Enhances Osteogenesis and Increases Bone Fragility in Adult Mice. Calcif.Tissue Int. & Musculosk. Res. 2014, 95:29-38
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
- Improvement of teaching grant: “Enhance the Learning Experience of First-Year Students through Peer-Mentoring” (2020-2021)
- Investigator on NIH R01-AR054385: "Mechanosensing in the Bone Lacunar-Canalicular System" (2015-2020)
- Fellow of the Northeast Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching, University of Connecticut (2017)
Catherine Kim-Safran, assistant professor of biology, and undergraduate nursing students Makayla Chatman and Alexandria Reid co-authored an article that ran in the January 2021 issue of Imprint, the official membership magazine of the National Student Nurses’ Association. Reflecting on their experiences leading and serving as peer-learning assistants for anatomy and physiology labs that transferred fully online during the COVID-19 pandemic, the authors reported on the impact of peer mentoring on student success and best online teaching practices.
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- Assistant Teaching Professor Catherine Kirn-Safran Publishes Two Research Articles
Dr. Catherine Kirn-Safran, an assistant teaching professor of biology, has recently co-authored two peer-reviewed research articles. One article, titled "Perlecan/Hspg2 deficiency impairs bone's calcium signaling and associated transcriptome in response to mechanical loading," was published in the February 2020 issue of Bone. The other article, titled "Trabecular Bone Deficit and Enhanced Anabolic Response to Re-Ambulation after Disuse in Perlecan-Deficient Skeleton," was published in Biomolecules in January 2020.