March 23, 2005
Dr. Shirley Bruce, assistant professor of biology at Morningside College, has co-authored two papers that were accepted for publication in scientific journals.
“Rhox: A New Homeobox Gene Cluster” appeared in the Feb. 11th issue of Cell, published by Cell Press. The paper reports the discovery of related genes on the X chromosome in male and female reproductive tissues of adult mice and discusses its significance in studying gene regulation and control of reproduction.
“The Human AKNA Gene Expresses Multiple Transcripts and Protein Isoforms as a Result of Alternative Promoter Usage, Splicing, and Polyadenylation” is currently at press for the journal DNA and Cell Biology, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The paper discusses the relationship between AKNA, a factor in cells that regulates gene expression, and normal immune system development.
Bruce joined the Morningside faculty in 2004 where she teaches microbiology, immunology, genetics, and genetic diseases. She has special interest in the regulation of gene expression and is actively involved in the study of the immune system and reproduction. She is a frequent speaker and has published several articles on genetics, immunology, and microbiology.
Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in life science and chemistry from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa and a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of immunology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, and a research assistant at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Odessa.