Environmental Toxicology

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker
UCR Phone:
Email: lwalk006@ucr.edu
UCR Major Professor: Nicole zur Nieden
Degree Program: Ph.D.

Lauren Walker

UC Davis, B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Focus

Biochemical mechanism of how ROS disrupts embryogenesis using embryonic stem cells as a developmental model. More information: http://bit.ly/zurNiedenlab


  • McClelland-Descalzo DL*, Satoorian TS*, Walker LM, Sparks NRL, Pulyanina PY, zur Nieden NI. (2016). Stem Cell Reports. 7(1): 55-68.
  • Walker L, Baumgartner L, Ast J, Keller KC, Trettner S, zur Nieden NI. Non-human primate and rodent embryonic stem cells are differentially sensitive to teratogens. Tox Reports. Volume 2, 2015:165-174
  • Tuong W*, Walker L*, and Sivamani R. Polyphenols as novel treatment options for dermatological diseases: A systematic review of clinical trials. J Dermatolog Treat. 26(4):381-8.
  • Tuong W*, Walker L*, and Sivamani R. Novel use of terpenoids for treatment of dermatological diseases: A systematic review of clinical trials. J. Altern. Complement. Med. 21 (5): 261-268.


  • Walker L, Sparks NRL, and zur Nieden NI. (2016) Aberrant Upstream Kinase Signaling Negatively Impacts Osteogenesis by Impairing FOXO-Mediated Oxidative Stress Response. Poster presentation. Teratology Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. June 25-29.
  • Walker L. (2016) Using Stem Cells to Solve Toxicological Mysteries. Guest lecture. California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA. May 26.
  • Walker L. (2016) Stem Cells in Toxicology: Modeling Developmental Injury in a Dish. Oral Presentation. Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium Winter Seminar Series, Riverside, CA. March 1.
  • Walker L, Sparks NRL, and zur Nieden NI. (2015) Skeletal Teratogenesis through Modulation of Wnt-signaling via Beta-catenin/FOXO. Poster presentation. International Society for Stem Cell Research Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden. June 24-27.
  • Walker L, Sparks NRL, Puig-Sanvicens V, and zur Nieden NI. (2014) Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell in Vitro Models of Differentiation Allow for the Prediction of Cardiac and Skeletogenic Teratogens. Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference, Los Angeles, CA. October 16-18.

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