Amy K Sater


Dr. Amy K Sater is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston. She has received her PhD. at the University of Texas at Austin and carried out postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has authored 33 research articles and 3 book chapters, and she co-edited Analysis of Growth Factor Signaling in Embryos (CRC Press). She has served on the Xenopus Genome Steering Committee since 2005, and she co-organizes the “Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus” course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2011-2013). She is a member of the Society for Developmental Biology.

Research Interest

My chief research interests lie in the mechanisms that govern early vertebrate development. Much of our work examines aspects of signaling, and we have ongoing interests in transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation. We are currently investigating the roles of microRNA-dependent regulation during the establishment of embryonic cell fate. These studies are conducted using the amphibian Xenopus; Xenopus embryos offer a unique opportunity to integrate analyses of gene function during vertebrate development with studies of biochemical and molecular mechanisms. A second major interest is genomics and the establishment of genomics resources for Xenopus.