Sally A. Camper, Ph.D.

Sally A. Camper, Ph.D.

James V. Neel Professor and Chair
Department of Human Genetics
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

4945 Buhl
1241 E Catherine St.
Ann Arbor
48109 -5618
Staff Support: 
Kim White
Research Interests: 

Genetics of Birth Defects: neuroendocrine, auditory, and skeletal development. We use two main approaches in our birth defects research - sequencing patient DNA to identify novel disease genes and use of cell culture and animal models, especially the mouse, to understand the mechanism and pathophysiology of disease. Genetically engineered mice that model human disease are also valuable for testing therapeutic interventions. We are particularly interested in the genetic control of differentiation and cell proliferation that pertains to stem cells, progenitors and specialized cells. We study transcriptional regulation, cell signaling, and the interaction of these.

Honors and Awards: 
2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science
2010 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, University of Michigan
2007 Roy O. Greep Award for Research Excellence, Endocrine Society
2005 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research, University of Michigan
2002 NIH Merit Award
2000 John Boezi Memorial Alumnus Award in Biochemistry, Michigan State University
1992 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Young Investigator Award
1996 Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan
1995 Career Development Award, University of Michigan
1989 March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award
1986-1988 Princeton University, Postdoctoral Fellow
1984-1986 Institute for Cancer Research, Postdoctoral Fellow
1983 Michigan State University, Ph.D.Biochemistry
1976 University of Delaware, B.S.Chemistry
Selected Publications: 

Fang Q, Indzhykulian AA, Mustapha M, Riordan GP, Dolan DF, Friedman TB, Belyantseva IA, Frolenkov GI, Camper SA, Bird JE. The 133-kDa N-terminal domain enables myosin 15 to maintain mechanotransducing stereocilia and is essential for hearing. Elife. 4; Aug 24, 2015.

Castinetti F, Brinkmeier ML, Mortensen AH, Vella KR, Gergics P, Brue T, Hollenberg AN, Gan L, Camper SA. ISL1 is necessary for maximal thyrotrope response to hypothyroidism. Mol Endocrinol. Aug 21, 2015: epub.

Brinkmeier ML, Geister KA, Jones M, Waqas M, Maillard I, Camper SA. The Histone Methyltransferase Gene Absent, Small, or Homeotic Discs-1 Like Is Required for Normal Hox Gene Expression and Fertility in Mice. Biol Reprod. Sep 2, 2015: epub.

Gergics P, Brinkmeier ML, Camper SA. Lhx4 deficiency: increased cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor expression and pituitary hypoplasia. Mol Endocrinol. 29:597-612, 2015.

Mortensen AH, Schade V, Lamonerie T, Camper SA. Deletion of OTX2 in neural ectoderm delays anterior pituitary development. Hum Mol Genet. 24:939-53, 2015.