Introduction
Teaching
Research
Publications
Educational Background
Schedule
Office Hours




College of Natural and Social Sciences

Biological Sciences, Department of

Roger R. Bowers
Full-time Faculty


Office: BS333
Phone: (323) 343-2081
FAX: (323) 343-6451
Email: rbowers@calstatela.edu


INTRODUCTION

I have taught here since Fall 1972 and retired Sept. 2007 after 35 years. I still teach Embryology and Histology Winter Quarter on the FERP Program and will do so for 4 more years. I was awarded Professor Emeritus status after I retired.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

Teaching interests : Animal Biology for the Majors, General Embryology, Animal Histology, Electron Microscopy and Seminar in Developmental Biology. Previously taught Organismal Biology, Microtechniques, Biology for Non-majors.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research interests : Use of two pigment mutant fowl (Barred Plymouth Rock and White Leghorn chickens) as models for the human skin pigmentary disease, vitiligo (1986-present). The wild type Jungle Fowl serves as a control. Vitiligo is the localized loss of pigment cells in the skin yielding white spots. The exact cause is not known. Techniques used in the research include electron microscopy, organ culture, tissue culture, enzymology and molecular biology. Previous research on normal avian pigmentation (1968-1985), amphibian pigmentation (1973-1976), fish pigmentation (1972-1978, 2002), melanoma (1979-1980) and carrageenan connective tissue granulomas (1976-1981).

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PUBLICATIONS

Publication Title Publication Date
R.R. Bowers, E.S. Vega and L.V. Smith. The effect of extracellular matrices on adult highly-differentiated in vitro avian melanocytes. Submitted to In Vitro.  2002 
R.R. Bowers, B. Nguyen, S. Buckner, Y. Gonzalez and F. Ruiz. Role of antioxidants in the survival of normal and vitiligious avian melanocytes. Cellular and Molecular Biology 45(7):1065-1074.  1999 
R.R. Bowers, A. Biboso and O. Chavez. The role of alpha-MSH, its agonists and c-AMP in in vitro avian melanocytes. Pigment Cell Research 10:41-45.  1997 
R.R. Bowers, J. Lujan, A. Biboso, S. Kridel and C. Varkey. Premature avian melanocyte death due to low antioxidant levels of protection:Fowl model for vitiligo. Pigment Cell Research 7:409-418.  1994 
R.R. Bowers, J. Harmon, S. Prescott, J. Asano and S. Wynne. Fowl model for vitiligo: Genetic regulation on the fate of the melanocytes. Pigment Cell Research 2:242-248.  1992 

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Zoology(Cell Biology) 1971
 University of Nebraska
 Lincoln, NE

M.S. Zoology 1968
 University of Nebraska
 Lincoln, NE

B.S. Biology 1966
 Creighton University
 Omaha, NE

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COURSE LIST

Biol 424 01 General Embryology   MW 08:00 - 8:50 AM Winter 2009 BS 335 
Biol 424 02 General Embryology Laboratory  MW 09:00 - 11:30 AM Winter 2009 BS 359 

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OFFICE HOURS

Day Time
MONDAY 1-2 
TUESDAY 1-2 
WEDNESDAY 1-2 
THURSDAY  
FRIDAY  
SATURDAY  

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This document was last updated on 10/02/06