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Samantha Butler, Ph.D.

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Mailing Address:
610 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Lab Number:
310 825 7565
Office Phone Number:
310 206 8416

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Department / Division Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Brain Research Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neuroscience IDP, Neurobiology


Gaber Zachary B, Butler Samantha J, Novitch Bennett G PLZF Regulates Fibroblast Growth Factor Responsiveness and Maintenance of Neural Progenitors. PLoS biology. 2013; 11(10): e1001676.
Kandyba E., Hazen V. M., Kobielak A., Butler S. J., Kobielak K. Smad1&5 but not Smad8 establish stem cell quiescence which is critical to transform the premature hair follicle during morphogenesis towards the Postnatal State. Stem cells. 2013; .
Phan K. D., Butler S. J. Bilaterally symmetric populations of chicken dI1 (commissural) axons cross the floor plate independently of each other. PloS one. 2013; 8(4): e62977.
Kong J. H., Butler S. J., Novitch B. G. My brain told me to do it. Developmental cell. 2013; 25(5): 436-8.
Yamauchi K., Varadarajan S. G., Li J. E., Butler S. J. Type Ib BMP receptors mediate the rate of commissural axon extension through inhibition of cofilin activity. Development. 2013; 140(2): 333-42.
Hazen V. M., Andrews M. G., Umans L., Crenshaw E. B., Zwijsen A., Butler S. J. BMP receptor-activated Smads confer diverse functions during the development of the dorsal spinal cord. Developmental biology. 2012; 367(2): 216-27.
Hazen V. M., Phan K. D., Hudiburgh S., Butler S. J. Inhibitory Smads differentially regulate cell fate specification and axon dynamics in the dorsal spinal cord. Developmental biology. 2011; 356(2): 566-75.
Phan K. D., Croteau L.-P., Kam J. W. K., Kania A., Cloutier J.-F., Butler S. J. Neogenin may functionally substitute for Dcc in chicken. PloS one. 2011; 6(7): e22072.
Phan K. D., Hazen V. M., Frendo M.E., Jia Z.-P., Butler S.J. The bone morphogenetic protein roof plate chemorepellent regulates the rate of commissural axonal growth. Journal of Neuroscience. 2010; 30(46): 15430-40.
Hazen V. M., Phan K.D., Yamauchi K., Butler S. J. Assaying the ability of diffusible signaling molecules to reorient embryonic spinal commissural axons. JoVE. 2010; 31(37): .
Novitch B. G., Butler S. J. Reducing the mystery of neuronal differentiation. Cell. 2009; 138(6): 1062-4.
Yamauchi K., Phan K. D., Butler S. J. BMP type I receptor complexes have distinct activities mediating cell fate and axon guidance decisions. Development. 2008; 135(6): 1119-28.
Butler S. J., Tear G. Getting axons onto the right path: the role of transcription factors in axon guidance. Development. 2007; 134(3): 439-48.
Butler S. J., Dodd J. A role for BMP heterodimers in roof plate-mediated repulsion of commissural axons. Neuron. 2003; 38(3): 389-401.
Augsburger A., Schuchardt A., Hoskins S., Dodd J., Butler S. BMPs as mediators of roof plate repulsion of commissural neurons. Neuron. 1999; 24(1): 127-41.
Butler S. J., Ray S., Hiromi Y. klingon, a novel member of the Drosophila immunoglobulin superfamily, is required for the development of the R7 photoreceptor neuron. Development. 1997; 124(4): 781-92.