Ankur Saxena

SaxenaPhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Office: MBRB


Phone: (312) 413-8137


Web Site: Ankur Saxena Laboratory Page


Research Interests:

We combine high-resolution live imaging with genetic, molecular, and physical perturbation to understand the multicellular dynamics driving vertebrate stem cell migration and differentiation into neurons.



Wang, K., Milkie, D., Saxena, A., Engerer, P., Misgeld, T., Bronner, M.E., Mumm, J., & Betzig, E. Rapid adaptive optical recovery of optimal resolution over large multicellular volumes. Nature Methods, 11 (2014) 625-628.

Rogers, C.D., Saxena, A., & Bronner, M.E. Sip1 mediates an E-cadherin-to-N-cadherin switch during cranial neural crest EMT. J. Cell Biol., 203 (2013) 835-847.

Saxena, A., Peng, B.N., & Bronner, M.E. Sox10-dependent neural crest origin of olfactory microvillous neurons in zebrafish. eLife, 2 (2013) e00336.

Saxena, A. & Tabin, C.J. The miRNA-processing enzyme Dicer is necessary for cardiac outflow tract alignment and chamber septation. PNAS, 107 (2010), 87-91.

Bock-Marquette, I., Saxena, A., White, M.D., DiMaio, J.M., & Srivastava, D. Thymosin β4 activates integrin-linked kinase and promotes cardiac cell migration, survival and cardiac repair. Nature, 432 (2004), 466-72.