Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1982-1985)
Ph.D., Department of Anatomy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE (1982)
M.S., Department of Human Genetics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE (1979)
B.S., University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE (1974)
Regents Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (2001-present)
Vice Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (2008-2009)
Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, School of Graduate Studies, Texas A&M HSC (2009-present)
Director for Research Development, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (2007-2009)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2001-present)
Director of Cell and Molecular Biology Core Facilities, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (1999-2006)
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (1998-2001)
Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine (1996-1998)
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine (1994-1998)
Co-director of the Confocal Facility, Boston University School of Medicine (1992-1998)
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine (1987-1994)
Instructor in Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1985-1986)
Teaching responsibilities include:
Craniofacial Growth Track including Prenatal Craniofacial Development, Advanced Human Craniofacial Development and Craniofacial Anomalies, Cell and Molecular Biology of Oral and Craniofacial Tissues, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and General Histology, Microscopic Techniques, Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Dr. Kathy Svoboda has been interested in the role of the cytoskeleton in cell shape changes throughout her career. She studied neuroepithelial cell shape changes during optic vesicle formation for her Ph.D. thesis topic, and then started investigating the corneal epithelial response to extracellular matrix as a postdoctoral project.
She is presently working on several projects with the long-term objective of understanding cell-matrix communication in whole tissue development models. Her group has established that just as cultured cells form focal adhesions in response to extracellular matrix proteins, whole tissues also have similar structures termed "cell-matrix attachment complexes" (CMAX). Both the focal adhesion and CMAX contain cell adhesion molecules, actin-associated proteins and signaling molecules. Her lab has shown that these proteins and activated signaling pathways are necessary for reorganizing actin in the embryonic corneal epithelial model. They have also shown that cell-matrix interactions in whole cartilage are necessary for survival and differentiation.
Understanding these relationships will help elucidate the events and interactions that are involved in tissue-specific differentiation and matrix synthesis. Her group has developed experimental approaches to examine the spatial relationships between specific cellular components in whole tissues. These cellular models have been used to determine the three-dimensional relationships between organelles, cytoskeletal proteins and specific mRNA.
In 1998, Dr. Svoboda joined the faculty at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. Although she is still pursuing the long-term goals of her research, she has become involved in many other projects in the last 14 years. The new projects (signal transduction pathways controlling palate development, condylar cartilage differentiation and gingival tissue response to nicotine) are related to craniofacial development or cell-matrix interactions in oral tissues.
Dr. Svoboda has served on the executive board and been the program co-chair for the American Association of Anatomists and served as the AAA president from 2005-2007 (www.anatomy.org). She also serves on the editorial board of Developmental Dynamics, Anatomical Record and the European Journal of Dentistry.
The image to the right was the cover for a special issue of CTO on Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transitions. Dr. Svoboda's student, Julia Chang, demonstrated that E-cadherin had an altered distribution in oral cancer cells.
[Chang, J.Y.F., Wright, J.M., Svoboda, K.K.H. (2007). Role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in oral cancer progression. Cells Tissues Organs 185 (1-3): 40-47].
Regulation of EMT During Palate Development, March of Dimes Research Grant, 2006-2010
Testing antioxidant compounds on gingival fibroblast cells, PerioSciences, 2008-2010
Visualizing cell scaffold interactions in real time, NIH P30 sub-award; 2010-2012
Leica SP5 Tandem Scanning Confocal Microscope; 2010-2011
Antioxidant effects on gingival fibroblast survival and wound healing; 2008-2012
Animal models for antioxident therapy, Periosciences, 2010-2011
Cornea Epithelia Project:
Chu, C.L., Reenstra, W.R., and Svoboda,K.K.H. (2000). Extracellular signal-regulated kinase and PI3 kinase are necessary for collagen binding and actin reorganization in avian corneal epithelia. Invest. Ophthal. and Vis. Sci., 41:3374-3382.
Watanabe, M., Hitomi, M., van der Wee, K., Rothenberg, F., Fisher, S.A., Zucker, P., Svoboda, K.K.H., Goldsmith, E.C. and Nieman, A-L. (2002) The pros and cons of apoptosis assays for use in the study of tissues and organs. Microscopy and Microanalysis 8:5, 375-391. (cover)
Svoboda, K.K.H., Moessner, P., Field, T., Acevedo, J. (2004). ROCK inhibitor (Y27632) increases apoptosis and disrupts the actin cortical mat in embryonic avian corneal epithelium. Developmental Dynamics 229:579-590.
Svoboda, K.K.H., Petroll, M.W. and Jester, J.V. (2007). Second harmonic signal analysis of whole embryonic avian corneas. Microscopy and Microanalysis 12 (Supp 2): 1550-1551. DOI 10.1017/S1431927607076714.
Chang, J.Y.F., Wright J.M. and Svoboda, K.K.H. (2007). Signal transduction pathways involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition in oral concer compared with other cancers. Cells Tissues Organs 195:40-47.
Yu, W., Serrano, M., San Miguel, S., Ruest, L.B., Svoboda K.K. (2009) Cleft lip and palate genetics and application in early embryological development. Indian J Plast Surg 42 Suppl S35-50.
San Miguel, S., Serrano, M.J., Sachar, A., Henkemeyer, M., Svoboda, K.K., Benson, M.D. (2011). Ephrin reverse signaling controls palate fusion via a PI3 kinase-dependent mechanism. Dev Dyn 240:357-364.
Yu, W., Zhang, Y., Ruest, L.B., Svoboda, K.K. (2013). Analysis of Snail1 function and regulation by Twist1 in palatal fusion. Front Physiol Epub 2013 Feb 19.
Cartilage Development Project:
Hirsch, M.S., Lunsford, L.E., Trinkaus-Randall, V. and Svoboda, K.K.H. (1997). Chondrocyte survival and differentiation in situ are integrin mediated. Developmental Dynamics 210:249-263.
Hirsch, M.S. and Svoboda, K.K.H. (1998). Establishment of a whole organ culture model that recapitulates normal cartilage development. BioTechniques 24(4):632-636.
Harrington, E.K., Lunsford, L.E. and Svoboda, K.K.H. (2004). Chondrocyte terminal differentiation, apoptosis, and type X collagen expression are downregulated by parathyroid hormone. Anatomical Record 281A:1286-1295.
San Miguel, S.M., Opperman, L.A., Allen, E.P., Zieklinski, J., Svoboda, K.K. (2011). Bioactive antioxidant mixtures promote proliferation and migration on human oral fibroblasts. Arch Oral Biol 56: 812-822.
San Miguel, S., Opperman L., Allen E., Svoboda K. (2011). Antioxidants hold promise in oral health care. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry; March, 32.2.
San Miguel SM, Opperman LA, Allen EP, Zielinski J, Svoboda KK. Bioactive polyphenol antioxidants protect oral fibroblasts from ROS-inducing agents. Arch Oral Biol [Epub ahead of print], May 2012.
San Miguel SM, Opperman LA, Allen EP, Zielinski JE, Svoboda KK. Antioxidant combinations protect oral fibroblasts against metal-induced toxicity. Arch Oral Biol [Epub ahead of print], Jul 4 2012.
Maciejewska, I., Cowan, C., Svoboda, K., D'Souza R., Butler, W.T., and Qin, C. (2008). The NH2-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments of dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) localize differently in the compartments of dentin and growth plate of bone. Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry 57:155-166.
Maciejewska, I., Qin, D., Huang, B., Sun, Y., Svoboda, K., Bonewald L., Butler, W.T., Feng, J.Q., and Qin, C. (2009). Distinct compartmentalization of dentin matrix protein 1 fragments in mineralized tissues and cells. Cells Tissues Organs 189:186-191.
Sachar, A., Strom, T.A., San Miguel, S., Serrano, M.J., Svoboda, K., Liu, X. Cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions of human gingival fibroblasts on three-dimensional nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds. J Tissue Eng Regen Med 2012 Aug. 13 [Epub ahead of print].
Sachar, A., Strom, T.A., Serrano, M.J., Benson, M.D., Opperman, L.A., Svoboda, K.K., Liu, X. (2012) Osteoblasts responses to three-dimensional nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds. J Biomed Mater Res A 100:3029-41.
Bolles, J.A., He, J., Svoboda, K.K., Schneiderman, E., Glickman, G.N. (2013). Comparison of Vibringe, EndoActivator, and needle irrigation on sealer penetration in extracted human teeth. J Endod 39:708-711.