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

Testing the therapeutic potential of carbon nanodots in bone mineralization diseases
Funding organization: National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Award Amount: $343,881 
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship
Funding organization: Gordon Research Conference
Award Amount: $6,500
Project Duration: Summer 2015

Meeting Grant Award: Symposium: Answering cutting-edge research questions with zebrafish
Funding Organization: Society for Developmental Biology
Award Amount: $1,000
Project Duration: Winter 2015

Role of negative feedback regulation between Retinoic Acid signaling pathway and Cdx transcription factors in spinal cord specification
Funding Organization: University of Miami Provost Research Award in the Natural Sciences
Award Amount: $10,500
Project Duration: 2010-2011

RIG: Role of Cdx transcription factors in the control of neural plate competence to FGF patterning signals
Funding Organization: NSF
Award Amount: $200,000
Project Duration: 2009-2012

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

Invited Talks

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)

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)


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.

Yariz, K., Duman, D., Zazo-Seco, C., Dallman, J., Huang, M., Peters, T., Sirmaci, A., Lu, N., Schraders, M., Skromne, I., Oostrik, J., Diaz-Horta, O., Young, J., Tokgoz-Yilmaz S., Konukseven, O., Shahin, H., Hetterschijt, L., Kanaan, M., Oonk, A. M. M., Edwards, Y. J. K., Li, H., Atalay, S., Blanton, S., DeSmidt, A., L., X.-Z., Pennings, R. J. E., Lu, Z., Chen, Z.-Y., Kremer, H., and Tekin, M. (2012) Mutations in OTOGL, encoding the inner ear protein Otogelin-like, causes moderate sensorineural hearing loss. American Journal of Human Genetics 91:872-882

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