Terren Niethamer

Terren K. Niethamer, Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute


I am a cell and developmental biologist fascinated by endothelial cells, which line blood vessels in the lung. The goal of my research program is to understand how endothelial cells communicate with other lung cells to build complex three-dimensional structures during development and regeneration. Answering this question will help us determine how tissue structures are built and rebuilt and how this process can go wrong in the diseased or injured lung.

Areas of Expertise


Selected Key Publications

Atf3 defines a population of pulmonary endothelial cells essential for lung regeneration

Niethamer TK, Levin LI, Morley MP, Babu A, Zhou S, Morrisey EE
eLife. 2023.
Full-Text Article
[ Journal Article ]

Genomic, epigenomic, and biophysical cues controlling the emergence of the lung alveolus

Zepp JA, Morley MP, Loebel C, Kremp MM, Chaudhry FN, Basil MC, Leach JP, Liberti DC, Niethamer TK, Ying Y, Jayachandran S, Babu A, Zhou S, Frank DB, Burdick JA, Morrisey EE
Science. 371(6534): 2021. [ Journal Article ]

Defining the role of pulmonary endothelial cell heterogeneity in the response to acute lung injury

Niethamer TK, Stabler CT, Leach JP, Zepp JA, Morley MP, Babu A, Zhou S, Morrisey EE
eLife. 9:e53072: 2020. [ Journal Article ]

Aberrant cell segregation in the craniofacial primordium and the emergence of facial dysmorphology in craniofrontonasal syndrome

Niethamer TK, Teng T, Franco M, Du YX, Percival CJ, Bush JO
PLoS Genetics. 16(2): 2020. [ Journal Article ]

EPHRIN-B1 Mosaicism Drives Cell Segregation in Craniofrontonasal Syndrome hiPSC-Derived Neuroepithelial Cells

Niethamer TK, Larson AR, O'Neill AK, Bershteyn M, Hsiao EC, Klein OD, Pomerantz JH, Bush JO
Stem Cell Reports. 8(3): 529-537, 2017. [ Journal Article ]

Job Vacancies

Interested in joining the Niethamer lab?

Dr. Niethamer is committed to the mentorship and career development of postdoctoral fellows, postbaccalaureate fellows, and summer interns. Candidates who are excited to work in an inclusive and welcoming lab environment to discover how endothelial cell plasticity and signaling contribute to building and rebuilding lung structures should send a CV and a statement of interest to


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