Stark, Michael

Physiology & Developmental Biology

Email: 2okejcgnauvctmBd{w0gfw  (Email Form)


3066  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-9498


Curriculum Vitae

 Research Interests
Developmental biology; Cell fate determination; Nervous system develop; See lab webpage for additional information (

Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Professor, Brigham Young University, 2016-Present
  • Associate Professor, BYU, 2009-2016

  • The Brain Institute, 2007-Present
  • Society for Developmental Biology, 1998-Present
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2009-2011
 Honors and Awards
  • College of Life Sciences, BYU : Outstanding College Research Award
 Courses Taught

Fall 2017
  • PDBIO 210: Human Anatomy (w/ virtual lab) Section 001
  • PDBIO 295R: Introductory Undgrad Research Section 014
  • PDBIO 382: Developmental Biology Section 001
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 014
  • PDBIO 550R: Advanced Topics in PDBio Section 023
  • PDBIO 799R: Dissertation Section 009
Summer 2017
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 013
Spring 2017
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 013
Winter 2017
  • NEURO 449R: Neuro Research Experience Section 019
  • PDBIO 210: Human Anatomy (w/ virtual lab) Section 002
  • PDBIO 220: Human Anatomy (with lab) Section 003
  • PDBIO 494R: Undergraduate Research Section 014
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 014
  • PDBIO 582: Developmental Genetics Section 001
  • PDBIO 649R: Laboratory Research Section 014

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Voelkel JE, Harvey JA, Adams JS, Lassiter RN, Stark MR. 2014. FGF and Notch signaling in sensory neuron formation: A multifactorial approach to understanding signaling pathway hierarchy. Mechanisms of Development. 134:55-66.  doi:10.1016/j.mod.2014.09.003

Lassiter RN, Stark MR, Zhao T, Zhou CJ. 2014. Signaling mechanisms controlling cranial placode neurogenesis and delamination. Developmental Biology. 389(1):39-49. <website> doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.11.025.

Adams JS, Sudweeks SN, Stark MR. 2014. Pax3 isoforms in sensory neurogenesis: Expression and function in the ophthalmic trigeminal placode. Developmental Dynamics. 243(10):1249-61. <website> doi:10.1002/dvdy.24108

Williams BL, Stark MR, Caldwell RL. 2012. Microdistribution of tetrodotoxin in two species of blue-ringed octopuses (Hapalochlaena lunulata and Hapalochlaena fasciata) detected by fluorescent immunolabeling. Toxicon. 60(7):1307-1313. <website>

Liu Q, Spusta S, Mi R, Lassiter RN, Stark MR, Hoke A, Rao MS, Zeng X. 2012. Human neural crest stem cells derived from hESC and iPSC: Induction, maintenance and differentiation into functional Schwann cells. Stem cells translational medicine. 1(4):266-278. <website>

Lassiter RN, Ball MK, Adams JS, Wright TB, Stark MR. 2010. Sensory neuron differentiation is regulated by notch signaling in the trigeminal placode. Developmental Biology. 344:836-848. <website>

Encyclopedia/Dictionary Entry

Stark MR. 2012. Cell Fate Determination.


Stark MR. Peripheral Nervous System Development. Colorado Alphaherpesvirus Latency Symposium. 2014 .

Stark MR, Prestwich TC, Hulet J, Stephens TD. A comparative look at developmental timing in early avian embryos reveals important correlates in A-P patterning. Avian Model Systems. Cold Spring Harbor, New York. 2014 .

Stark MR. Sensory Systems Gordon Research Conference. 2013 .

Adams JS, Stark MR. Pax3 splice form expression and isoform function in the trigeminal placode. Society for Developmental Biology 71st Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. 2012 .

Darnell DK, Stark MR, Barrow JR, Antin P. Service Learning with GEISHA and Other Online Databases. 70th Annual Society for Developmental Biology Meeting. Chicago, Il. 2011 .

Adams JS, Stark MR. Pax3 splice form expression and isoform function in the trigeminal placode. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. 2010 .

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