Kate Barald, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Cancer Biology Program Affiliate Faculty Member


Kate Barald received a Ph.D. in Oncology, Immunology and Molecular Biology at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1974 (mentor: J.F. Perdue). After postdoctoral fellowships at UCSD (sponsored by an MDA postdoctoral fellowship and an NIH NRSA) and Stanford (also sponsored by an NIH NRSA), Barald joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1981. She is the Director of the NIH PREP post-baccalaureate program and director of research responsibility and ethics training in the STEM disciplines. She is a member of the CMB, Neuroscience, Organogenesis and Cancer Biology Programs.

Research Interests

Development of new therapeutic agents for the treatment of hormone-responsive cancers, including Neurofibromatosis 1. These studies include a long-term collaboration with Dr. Barry Potter's drug discovery group at Oxford University, UK. We also work on the development of sensory systems, particularly the vertebrate inner ear and are developing new stem cell based approaches to hearing and deafness.