Erich Damm, Ph.D.
Damm's research interests center on understanding how extracellular signals influence the initial development of blood stem cells in the embryo.
Erich Damm, Ph.D., received his doctorate in cell and developmental biology from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, where he studied the coordinated control of cell movement and invasion in the developing frog embryo. After receiving his Ph.D., he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where, as a National Institutes of Health funded investigator, he studied the development of blood stem cells in the vertebrate embryo.
His research interests center on understanding how extracellular signals influence the initial development of blood stem cells in the embryo. In particular, he is interested in how special embryonic cells called neural crest cells, which give rise to many adult tissues including pigment cells of the skin and the cells responsible for controlling the “fight or flight response,” control the development of blood stem cells. He uses the highly versatile zebrafish embryo as a model system of blood stem cell development, combined with genomic and transcriptomic approaches, to identify the extracellular signals that control blood stem cell development.