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Catherine G. Galbraith Ph.D.

  •      (503) 418-9145
    • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering School of Medicine
    • Discovery Engine Investigator OHSU Knight Cancer Institute School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine School of Medicine

Catherine G. Galbraith, Ph.D., works at the interface of biology and physics to facilitate discoveries of fundamental mechanisms that are applicable to processes as diverse as specification of cell fate, and cancer cell metastasis, and synaptogenesis. She studies fundamental mechanisms of motility and connectivity using a combination of imaging, cell biology, biophysics, and molecular biology and addresses cutting edge biological questions by applying emerging technologies.


B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, major Bioengineering, minor Mechanical Engineering

M.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, major Bioengineering

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, major Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (Bioengineering)

Post-doc, Duke University Medical Center, Cell Biology

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  • "Cell migration" Trends in Cell Biology February 1998
  • "The relationship between force and focal complex development." Journal of Cell Biology November 25 2002
  • "Dual-color superresolution imaging of genetically expressed probes within individual adhesion complexes" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America December 18 2007
  • "Super-resolution microscopy at a glance" Journal of Cell Science May 2011
  • "Interferometric fluorescent super-resolution microscopy resolves 3D cellular ultrastructure" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America March 3 2009
  • "Structural basis for the mechanics of the endothelial cell"   1993
  • "Cell traction." Current Protocols in Cell Biology May 2001
  • "Multiple forces contribute to cell sheet morphogenesis for dorsal closure in Drosophila" Journal of Cell Biology April 17 2000
  • "Propulsive forces in keratocyte migration"   1999
  • "Polymerizing actin fibers position integrins primed to probe for adhesion sites" Science February 16 2007
  • "Dual-color superresolution imaging using genetically expressed probes"   2008
  • "Special issue on high-resolution optical imaging" Journal of Optics September 2013
  • "Cell-matrix adhesions on poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels" Tissue Engineering June 2003
  • "Live-cell photoactivated localization microscopy of nanoscale adhesion dynamics" PLoS Medicine May 2008
  • "Rapid three-dimensional isotropic imaging of living cells using Bessel beam plane illumination" PLoS Medicine May 2011
  • "A micromachined device provides a new bend on fibroblast traction forces" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America August 19 1997
  • "Dual-color superresolution imaging using genetically expressed probes"   2008
  • "Keratocytes pull with similar forces on their dorsal and ventral surfaces" Journal of Cell Biology December 13 1999
  • "New technologies in imaging." Molecular Biology of the Cell March 2013
  • "Cell migration as a five-step cycle" Biochemical Society Symposium  1999
  • "A micromachined device to measure subcellular traction forces"   1997
  • "Forces on adhesive contacts affect cell function" Current Opinion in Cell Biology October 1998
  • "Super-resolution microscopy for nanosensing" Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology May 2011
  • "Changes in single-molecule integrin dynamics linked to local cellular behavior" Molecular Biology of the Cell May 15 2016
  • "Using Molecular Position and Dynamics to Understand Higher Order Biological Function" Microscopy and Microanalysis  2012
  • "Coupling integrin dynamics to cellular adhesion behaviors" Biology Open January 1 2018

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