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Dr. Isaac  Skromne
Dr. Isaac Skromne
Assistant Professor of Biology
Grants and Fellowships

(most recent)

RUI: Elucidating the signaling interactions that control spinal cord fate specification
NSF-IOS 1755386
Project Duration: 4 years (7/18-6/22)

Development of non-toxic carbon dots as bone-specific carriers for drug delivery
NSF-BMAT 1809419
Award: $207,623
Project Duration: 3 years (7/18-6/21)

Testing the therapeutic potential of carbon nanodots in bone mineralization diseases
Project Duration: 3 years (9/17-8/20)


Biology Educator Award, University of Miami Biology students (2014)

Invited Talks

CINVESTAV-Mexico (2019)

VCU, Bioengineering (2018)

University of Richmond, Dept. Biology (2016)

West Chester University, Dept. Biology (2016)

Eastern Michigan University, Dept. Biology (2016)

Mount Holyoke College, Dept. Biology (2015)

University of Miami, Dept. Biology (2008, 2014)

McDaniel College, Dept. Biology (2014)

Barry University, Dept. Biology (2014)

University of Toronto, Dept. Cell and Systems Biology (2013)

University of Miami, Dept. of Cell Biology (2012)

Conference Presentations

Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology (Speaker; 2006; Poster; 1999, 2002, ‘03, ‘05, ‘11, ‘14, ‘15, ‘16, ‘19)

Annual Southeast Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology (Speaker; 2010, ‘16; Poster; 2009, ‘11, ‘16)

Annual Midwest Developmental Biology Meeting (Speaker; 2004, ‘05, ’08; Poster, 2007)

International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics (Speaker; 2006; Poster; 2002, ‘04, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14)

Gordon Research Conference in Developmental Biology (Poster; 2015)

Tales of Discovery: Zebrafish Symposium, University of Miami (Speaker; 2015)

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (Speaker; 2015)

Additional Publications

Articles (most recent)

Joshi, P., Darr, A. J., and Skromne, I. (2019) CDX4 regulates the progression of neural maturation in the spinal cord. Development Biology. 449:132-142.

Peng, Z., Miyanji, E. H., Zhou, Y., Prado, J., Hettiarachchi, S. D., Li, S., Blackweldger, P. L., Skromne, I., and Leblanc, R. M. (2017) Carbon Dots as Bone-Specific Biomaterials: A zebrafish model study. Nanoscale 9:17533-17543.

Li, S., Skromne, I., Peng, Z., Dallman, J., Al-Youbi, A. O., Bashammakh, A., S., El-Shahawi, M. S., and Leblanc, R. M. (2016) “Dark” Carbon Dots Specifically “Light-up” Calcified Zebrafish Bones. J. Mat. Chem. B. 4: 7398-7405.

Cheng, J., Skromne, I., and Ho. R. K. (2016) Cdx4 and Retinoic Acid interact to position the hindbrain-spinal cord transition. Developmental Biology. 410:178-189.

Hayward, A. G., Joshi, P., and Skromne, I. (2015) Spatiotemporal analysis of zebrafish hox gene regulation by Cdx4. Developmental Dynamics 244:1564-1573.

Lee, K. and Skromne, I. (2014) Retinoic acid regulates, size, pattern and alignment of tissues at the head-trunk transition. Development 141:4375-4384.

Ph.D., Columbia University 2000
Development and Genetics
M.Phil., Columbia University 1996
Development and Genetics
M.S., Columbia University 1995
Development and Genetics
B.S., National Autonomous University of Mexico 1994
Biomedical Research
Contact Information
Gottwald Center for the Sciences
(804) 289-8871
Areas of Expertise