Debra Baluch

Asst Dir + Research Scientist
Arizona State University
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Arizona State University
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Location: TEMPE

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(480) 727-0725


PhD, 2007, Arizona State University

Research Interests

My research interests are centered around the cellular cytoskeletal scaffold system and how it controls and orchestrates cell signaling. I am also interested in how signaling modulators such as hormones and biogenic amines modulate neuronal and muscular function.


Page Baluch directs the management, training and maintenance of microscope systems within the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of cells and tissue using advanced microscopy techniques.

Cellular behavior is affected by fast changes in the cell's skeleton (or cytoskeleton). The cytoskeleton is involved in many processes such as cell division, structure, movement and the transport of vesicles. Because it can be assembled and disassembled very quickly, it is believed that the cytoskeleton may also play a role in cellular communication by helping the cell organize signals quickly in space and time.

Current projects in the Baluch lab include studying how biogenic amines modulate uterine function; how the cytoskeleton organizes communication; how hormones influence neuronal signaling; how stress management can improve athletic performance; and creating 3-D tactile images to help blind students succeed in school.