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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address KAUL 768 Zip 0024
Phone  (205) 996-4198
Other websites Complete publication list

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Secondary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Associate Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Primary  Genetics   Genetics Research Div Professor
Center  GL Ctr for Craniofacial, Oral, & Dental Disorders  GL Ctr for Craniofacial, Oral, & Dental Disorders Professor
Center  Heflin Genetics Center  Heflin Genetics Center Professor
Center  Medicine  Ctr Cardiovasc Bio (Org Ret) Professor
Center  Pathology   Cell Adhesion & Matrix Research Center Professor
Secondary  Pathology   Pathology Chair Office Assistant Professor
Secondary  Pediatrics   Pediatrics Chair Office Assistant Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Cancer Biology 
Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology 
Cellular and Molecular Biology Program 
Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics 
Integrative Genetics Graduate Program 
Medical Scientist Training Program 

Biographical Sketch 
M.D., Beijing Medical University (1992) Ph.D., University of Iowa (2000) Postdoctoral Training, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2005)

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Heart Association     

Research/Clinical Interest
Genetic and epigenetic regulation of mammalian heart development, breast cancer racial disparity
Congenital heart defects occur in as many as 1-5% of newborns, and are the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality. We focus on revealing the molecular, genetic, epigenetic and cellular mechanisms underlying normal heart development and their potential contributions to congenital heart diseases. We use mice, ES cells and iPS cells as model systems in our studies. In addition, our lab is also studying breast cancer racial disparities.

Selected Publications 
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Debenedittis P, and Jiao K (2011) Alternative splicing of T-box transcription factor genes.
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 412:513-517 (Epub, Aug. 11th, 2011)
Espinoza-Lewis RA, Liu H, Sun C, Chen C, Jiao K, Chen YP (2011) Ectopic expression of
Nkx2.5 suppresses the formation of the sinoatrial node in mice. Dev. Biol. 356:359-69,
(Epub. May 26th, 2011)
Debenedittis P, Harmelink C, Chen Y, Wang Q, Jiao K (2011) Characterization of the novel
interaction between muskelin and TBX20, a critical cardiogenic transcription factor. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 409:338-43 (Epub, May 8th, 2011)
Nie X, Wang Q and Jiao K (2011) Dicer activity in neural crest cells is essential for
craniofacial organogenesis and pharyngeal arch artery morphogenesis. Mechanisms of
Development 128:200-7 (Epub, Jan. 21st, 2011)
Nie X, Brown C, Wang Q and Jiao K (2011) Inactivation of Bmp4 from the Tbx1 expression
domain causes abnormal pharyngeal arch artery and cardiac outflow tract remodeling. Cells Tissues Organs 193:393-403 ( Epub, Dec. 1st, 2010)
Song L., Zhao M, Wang Q and Jiao K (2011) Cell autonomous requirement of endocardial
Smad4 during atrioventricular cushion development in mouse embryos. Dev. Dyn. 240: 211-220 (Epub, Nov. 18th, 2010)
Wang B, Sinha T, Jiao K, Serra R, and Wang J (2011) Disruption of PCP signaling causes
limb morphogenesis and skeletal defects and may underlie Robinow syndrome and brachydactyly type B. Hum. Mol. Genet. 20:271-285 (Epub, Nov. 8th, 2010)
Lu R, Chen Y, Peng N, Jiao K, Limbird LE, Wyss JM and Wang Q (2009) Enhanced
hypotensive, bradycardic, and hypnotic responses to alpha2-adrenergic agonists in spinophilin-null mice are accompanied by increased G protein coupling to the alpha2A-adrenergic receptor. Mol. Pharm. 78:279-86
Lu R, Li Y, Zhang Y, Chen Y, Shields AD, Winder DG, Angelotti T, Jiao K, Limbird LE,
Zhou Y, Wang Q. (2009) Epitope-tagged receptor knock-in mice reveal that differential
desensitization of {alpha}2-Adrenergic responses Is because of ligand-selective
Internalization. J Biol Chem. 284:13233-43
Xu J, Chen Y, Lu R, Cottingham C, Jiao K and Wang Q (2008) Protein Kinase A Phosphorylation of Spinophilin Modulates Its Interaction with the {alpha}2A-Adrenergic Receptor (AR) and Alters Temporal Properties of {alpha}2AAR Internalization. J Biol Chem. 283:14516-23  18367453 
Nie X, Deng C, Wang Q and Jiao K (2008) Disruption of Smad4 in neural crest cells leads to mid-gestation death with pharyngeal arch, craniofacial and cardiac defects. Dev. Biol., 316:417-30. Epub 2008 Feb 15  18334251  
Song L, Yan W, Chen X, Wang Q and Jiao K (2007) Myocardial Smad4 Is Essential for Cardiogenesis in Mouse Embryos. Cir. Res. 101:277-85. Epub 2007 Jun 21  17585069  
Jiao K, Barty M, Brown C, Moses H and Baldwin HS (2006) TGFbeta signaling is required for atrioventricular cushion mesenchyme remodeling during in vivo cardiac development. Development, 133: 4585-4593  17050629 
Song L, Faessler R, Mishina Y, Jiao K and Baldwin HS (2006) Essential functions of Alk3 during AV Cushion morphogenesis in mouse embryonic hearts. Dev. Biol, 301: 276-286.
NOTE 1: K. J. and S. B. are equal corresponding authors.
Jiao K, Kulessa H, Tomokins K, Zhou Y, Batts L, Baldwin, HS and Hogan BLM (2003). An essential role of Bmp4 in the atrioventricular septation of the mouse heart. Genes and Development, 17:2362-2367. [comments in Nat.Rev.Get.vol 4:853]  12975322 
Ilagan R, Abu-Issa R, Brown D, Yang Y, Jiao K, Schwartz R, Klingensmith J and
Meyers NE (2006) Fgf8 is required for anterior heart field development.
Development, 133: 2435-2445
Chen JW, Zhou B, Shin SYJ, Yu QC, Jiao K, Schneider MD, Baldwin HS and
Bergelson JM (2006) Cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of the coxsackievirus and
adenovirus receptor in Hyperplasia of the Embryonic Left Ventricle and Abnormalities
of Sinuatrial Valves. Circulation Research, 98: 923-930.
Jiao K, Kulessa H, Tomokins K, Zhou Y, Batts L, Baldwin, HS and Hogan BLM (2003). Dosage requirement for Bmp4 in the atrioventricular septation of the mouse heart. Circulation, 108:IV-142. (abstract)    
Jiao K, Salem L and Malone RE (2003). Support for a meiotic recombination initiation complex:Interactions among Rec102p, Rec104p, and Spo11p. Molecular and Cellular Biology,23:5928-5938.   
Jiao K, Zhou Y and Hogan BLM (2002). Indentification of mZnf8, a novel mouse Kruppel-like transcriptional repressor, as a nuclear interaction partner of Smad1. Molecular and Cellular Biology 22:7633-7644.   
Jiao K, Cool M, Gray W, Fassler J and Malone RE (2002). Phylogenetic footprinting reveals multiple regulatory elements involved in control of the meiotic recombination gene, REC102. Yeast 19:99-114.   
Jiao K, Bullard S, Salem L and Malone RE (1999). Coordination of the initiation of recombination and the reductional division in meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics 152:117-128.   
Galbraith A, Bullard S, Jiao K, Nau JJ and Malone RE (1997). Recombination and the progression of meiosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics 146:481-489.   

Genetic and epigenetic regulation of mammalian heart development, congenital heart diseases, breast cancer racial disparity