Titles and Education
- B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
- Ph.D. in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
- Post-doctoral research in embryology and teratology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009-2013
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The focus of our research is to understand how genetic and environmental factors interact to cause birth defects of the face and brain. We are particularly interested in craniofacial malformations like cleft lip and palate and holoprosencephaly because of their prevalence and serious consequences for affected individuals and their families. Effective prevention strategies for these birth defects are not available because our understanding of how they are caused is inadequate. We pursue a multidisciplinary approach based in the complementary disciplines of toxicology, cellular signaling, embryology, and genetics, while integrating in vitro and in vivo animal model systems that recapitulate normal and abnormal development. The long term goal of our research is to develop birth defect prevention strategies based upon identification of high-risk populations and culpable environmental influences.
- Veterinary Developmental Anatomy (Course Director)
- Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Graduate Training Program
- Molecular and Environmental Toxicology
- Comparative Biomedical Sciences
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Neuroscience Training Program
- A current and complete list of Lipinski laboratory publications can be found on our research site or on NCBI.
- Beames TG and RJ Lipinski. Gene-environment interactions: aligning birth defects research with complex etiology. Development. Jul 17;147(21):dev191064. doi: 10.1242/dev.191064.
- Everson, JL, MR Sun, DM Fink, GW Heyne, CG Melberg, KF Nelson, P Doroodchi, LJ Colopy, CM Ulschmid, AA Martin, MT McLaughlin, and RJ Lipinski. Developmental toxicity assessment of piperonyl butoxide exposure targeting Sonic hedgehog signaling and forebrain and face morphogenesis in the mouse: an in vitro and in vivo study. Environmental Health Perspectives.
- Everson JL, DM Fink, HM Chung, MR Sun, and RJ Lipinski (2018). Identification of Sonic Hedgehog regulated genes and biological processes in the cranial neural crest mesenchyme by comparative transcriptomics. BMC Genomics. 2018 Jun 27;19(1):497.
- Ansen-Wilson LJ, JL Everson, DM Fink, HW Kietzman, R Sullivan and RJ Lipinski. (2018) Common basis for orofacial clefting and cortical interneuronopathy. Translational Psychiatry. Jan 10;8(1):8
- Fink DM, MR Sun, GW Heyne, JL Everson, HM Chung, S Park, MD Sheets and RJ Lipinski. Coordinated D-Cyclin/Foxd1 activation drives mitogenic activity of Sonic Hedgehog signaling pathway. Cellular Signalling. 2018 Apr;44:1-9
- Everson JL, Fink DM, Yoon JW, Leslie EJ, Kietzman HW, Ansen-Wilson LJ, Chung HM, Walterhouse DO, Marazita ML, Lipinski RJ.Sonic hedgehog regulation of Foxf2 promotes cranial neural crest mesenchyme proliferation and is disrupted in cleft lip morphogenesis. Development. 2017 Jun 1;144(11):2082-2091. doi: 10.1242/dev.149930. Epub 2017 May 15.
- Ansen-Wilson LJ, Lipinski RJ (2016). Gene-environment interactions in cortical interneuron development and dysfunction: A review of preclinical studies. Neurotoxicology. 2016 Dec 5;58:120-129. Review.
- Heyne, GW, JL Everson, LJ Ansen-Wilson, CG Melberg, DM Fink, KF Parins, P Doroodchi, CM Ulschmid, and RJ Lipinski (2016). Gli2 gene-environment interactions contribute to the etiological complexity of holoprosencephaly: evidence from a mouse model. Disease Models and Mechanisms. 2016 Nov 1;9(11):1307-1315.
- Heyne, GW, CG Melberg, P Doroodchi, KF Parins, HW Kietzman, JL Everson, LJ Ansen-Wilson, and RJ Lipinski (2015). Definition of critical periods for Hedgehog pathway antagonist-induced holoprosencephaly, cleft lip, and cleft palate. PLOS ONE. Mar 20;10(3):e0120517. PMCID: PMC4368540
- Heyne GW, EH Plisch, CG Melberg, EP Sandgren, JA Peter, RJ Lipinski (2015). A simple and reliable method for early pregnancy detection in inbred mice. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Jul;54(4):368-71.