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Meet Barbara Sisson

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute (formerly Children’s Memorial Research Center), Chicago, Illinois
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • B.A., Lake Forest College

I am a developmental biologist interested in how cartilage cells get their shape. My lab studies this using zebrafish as a model system for human facial birth defects. I teach Introductory Biology, Scientific Writing and Communication, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Cancer Biology.


Icon for: What tech tool could you not live without? My computer.

What tech tool could you not live without? My computer.

Icon for: What's your favorite topic or course to teach and why? Introductory Biology and Cell Biology. Thinking about all of the little proteins walking along tracks in the cell dragging their cargo behind them just makes me smile.

What’s your favorite topic or course to teach and why? Introductory Biology and Cell Biology. Thinking about all of the little proteins walking along tracks in the cell dragging their cargo behind them just makes me smile.

Icon for: What is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? I went to five different elementary schools.

What is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? I went to five different elementary schools.



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Barbara Sisson earns Franklin Research Grant

Associate Professor of Biology Barbara Sisson has been awarded the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society. The funds will support her research on […]