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Tom OwenAssociate Professor of Biology

Contact Information


  • B.S. Juniata College
  • Ph.D. Temple University School of Medicine

Courses Offered:

  • Fundamentals of Biology (lab)
  • Microbiology: Health Sciences (lec/lab)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (lab)

Research Interest:

  • Identification and functional characterization of genes involved in the regulation of bone mass
  • Cell culture models of osteoblast differentiation

Recent Publications:

  • Abelmagid, S. M., M. C. Rico, M. F. Barbe, S. Salihoglu, I. Arango-Hisijara, M. G. Anderson, W. J. Simon, T. A. Owen, S. N. Popoff, and F. F. Safadi. 2008. Osteoactivin, an anabolic factor that regulates osteoblast differentiation and function. Exp. Cell Res.314: 2334-2351.
  • Arnott, J. A., A. Sanjay, T. A. Owen, S. Rehman, W. G. DeLong, F. F. Safadi, and S. N. Popoff. 2008. Molecular requirements for Smad and Src/Erk signaling in the induction of CTGF expression by TGF-β1 in osteoblasts. Bone. 42: 871-885.
  • Owen, T. A. and L. C. Pan. 2008. Isolation and Culture of Rodent Osteoprogenitor Cells. in Molecular Methods in Medicine. J. Westerdorf, ed. Humana Press. pp. 3-18.
  • Selim, A. A., J. L. Castaneda, T. A. Owen, S. N. Popoff, and F. F. Safadi. 2007. The role of osteoactivin-derived peptides in osteoblast differentiation. Med Sci Monit. 13: BR259-70.
  • Buckbinder, L., D. T. Crawford, H. Qi, H. Z. Ke, L. Olson, K. Long, P. Bonnette, A. Baumann, W. A. Grasser III, M. Luzzio, J. Kath, L. C. Pan, T. A. Owen, J. Hambor, D. Gebhard, V. M. Paralkar, H. Simmons, S. L. Smock, A. Guzman-Perez, T. A. Brown, and M. Li. 2007. The PYK2 kinase is a negative regulator of osteoprogenitor cells and inhibits bone formation in vitro and in vivo. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104: 10619-10624.
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