Kenneth Daniel Poss, PhD

Professor of Cell Biology
James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology
Professor in Medicine
Professor of Biology
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Director of the Regeneration Next Initiative
Campus mail 307 Research Drive, Nanaline Bldg Room 466 A, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 681-8457
Email address

Modeling disease in zebrafish
Genetic approaches to organ regeneration
Cardiac regeneration
Appendage regeneration
Developmental biology

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiology, Children's Hospital, 2000 - 2003
  • Research Fellow, University of Utah, 1998 - 2000
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998


Han, Yanchao, Anzhi Chen, Kfir-Baruch Umansky, Kelsey A. Oonk, Wen-Yee Choi, Amy L. Dickson, Jianhong Ou, et al. “Vitamin D Stimulates Cardiomyocyte Proliferation and Controls Organ Size and Regeneration in Zebrafish..” Dev Cell 48, no. 6 (March 25, 2019): 853-863.e5.

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Cox, Ben D., Alessandro De Simone, Valerie A. Tornini, Sumeet P. Singh, Stefano Di Talia, and Kenneth D. Poss. “In Toto Imaging of Dynamic Osteoblast Behaviors in Regenerating Skeletal Bone..” Curr Biol 28, no. 24 (December 17, 2018): 3937-3947.e4.

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Walton, Eric M., Mark R. Cronan, C. J. Cambier, Andrea Rossi, Michele Marass, Matthew D. Foglia, W Jared Brewer, et al. “Cyclopropane Modification of Trehalose Dimycolate Drives Granuloma Angiogenesis and Mycobacterial Growth through Vegf Signaling..” Cell Host Microbe 24, no. 4 (October 10, 2018): 514-525.e6.

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Karra, Ravi, Matthew J. Foglia, Wen-Yee Choi, Christine Belliveau, Paige DeBenedittis, and Kenneth D. Poss. “Vegfaa instructs cardiac muscle hyperplasia in adult zebrafish..” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115, no. 35 (August 28, 2018): 8805–10.

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Wopat, Susan, Jennifer Bagwell, Kaelyn D. Sumigray, Amy L. Dickson, Leonie F. A. Huitema, Kenneth D. Poss, Stefan Schulte-Merker, and Michel Bagnat. “Spine Patterning Is Guided by Segmentation of the Notochord Sheath..” Cell Rep 22, no. 8 (February 20, 2018): 2026–38.

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Yang, Xinan H., Rangarajan D. Nadadur, Catharina Re Hilvering, Valerio Bianchi, Michael Werner, Stefan R. Mazurek, Margaret Gadek, et al. “Transcription-factor-dependent enhancer transcription defines a gene regulatory network for cardiac rhythm..” Elife 6 (December 27, 2017).

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Cao, Jingli, Jinhu Wang, Christopher P. Jackman, Amanda H. Cox, Michael A. Trembley, Joseph J. Balowski, Ben D. Cox, et al. “Tension Creates an Endoreplication Wavefront that Leads Regeneration of Epicardial Tissue..” Dev Cell 42, no. 6 (September 25, 2017): 600-615.e4.

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