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Skinner Laboratory History


The Skinner laboratory started back in 1984 when Dr. Michael K. Skinner obtained a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. The laboratory also participated in the Vanderbilt Reproductive Biology Research Center. The laboratory dealt with an analysis of cellular functions and cell-cell interactions in the testis and ovary. Dr. Skinner was then recruited and moved as an Associate Professor in 1991 to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, CA. The laboratory was part of the Reproductive Endocrinology Center and the Developmental Biology Program in Biological Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA. The laboratories research was designed to investigate the mechanisms regulating testis and ovary cellular function, cell-cell interactions and cellular differentiation, with emphasis in the area of reproductive biology.

Dr. Skinner was then recruited by Washington State University to form and direct the Center for Reproductive Biology and accepted a position as Director for the Center for Reproductive Biology, joint Center with Washington State University, Pullman, WA and the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, and as a Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University. In 1996 he moved his laboratory to Washington State University in Pullman, Washington where it currently resides.  The Center for Reproductive Biology grew to over 90 faculty with 8 core laboratories.  In 2002 WSU requested Dr. Skinner also establish the Center for Integrated Biotechnology. The CIB grew to over 170 faculty with 10 core laboratories.   In 2008 Dr. Skinner stepped down as Director from both centers to focus his efforts on his research and laboratory.

Dr. Skinner moved his laboratory in 2010 to the School of Biological Sciences in the newly developed College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University where it currently resides.

Pew Foundation Oral History early Skinner science exposure