Bruce Bejcek

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Bruce Bejcek
Professor of Biological Sciences
Office: 
(269) 387-5634
Location: 
3929 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Mailing address: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA
Research interests: 
  • Cancer cell biology
  • Signal transduction
Bio: 

Dr. Bruce Bejcek is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University.

Bejcek's research is in the area of cancer biology, primarily on the processes by which cancers are initiated, maintained and progress. His studies involve extensive use of cellular and molecular techniques to investigate the involvement of a variety of signaling molecules inside the cells and genes in tumor formation and control of cell growth.

His research includes:

  • The role of the Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor in cancer and the function and regulation of secondary signaling molecules associate with the receptor.
  • Investigating the roles of transcription factors in PDGFR transformed cells by using siRNA technique.

Techniques used in his research include gene reporter assay, eukaryotic cell transfection, tissue culture, general molecular techniques, molecular cloning, Western blot, Southern blot, Northern blot, PCR, RT-PCR, RNA interference and kinase assays.

Students in Bejcek's laboratory:

  • James McGee, Ph.D. degree program.
  • Krystal Seibert, Ph.D. degree program.

Students graduated from Bejcek's laboratory:

  • Scott Cross, M.S. degree program—Merck Inc.
  • Kelly Murphy, M.S. degree program—Human Genome Sciences Inc.
  • Santiago Navarro, M.S. degree program—Monsanto Inc.
  • Takeshi Shimamura, Ph.D. degree program- Postdoctoral Fellow SERI/Harvard Medical School.

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