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Shelby Hemker PhD

Dr. Shelby Hemker



Dr. Jacqueline Ho


PhD in Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 2020

BS in Genomics and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, 2014

Why I chose Pitt

There are many opportunities for translational research since many laboratories are connected to the hospitals here. Many doctors, and patients are willing to work with the researchers to better understand and treat their diseases. It also helps that everyone here is incredibly friendly and the views are fantastic. 


Cerqueira DM, Bodnar AJ, Phua YL, Freer R, Hemker SL, Walensky LD, Hukriede NA and Ho J. (2017) Bim gene dosage is critical in modulating nephron progenitor survival in the absence of microRNAs during kidney development. FASEB J. 31: 3540-3554.

Hemker S.L, Sims-Lucas S. and Ho J. (2016) Role of hypoxia during nephrogenesis. Pediatr Nephrol. 31: 1571-1577. |  View Abstract

Fyfe J.C; Hemker S.L; Venta P.J; Stebbing B and Giger U. (2014) Selective intestinal cobalamin malabsorption with proteinuria (Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome) in juvenile Beagles. J Vet Intern Med. 28: 356-362. |  View Abstract

Fyfe J.C; Hemker S.L; Venta P.J; Fitzgerald C.A; Outerbridge C.A; Myers S.L. and Giger U. (2013) An exon 53 frameshift mutation in CUBN abrogates cubam function and causes Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome in dogs. Mol Genet Metab. 109: 390-396. |  View Abstract