Professor of Biology to Speak April 15 as Part of Â??new Perspectives in Contemporary Research’ Series

Wilfred F. Denetclaw Jr., assistant professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, will discuss  "Early Skeletal Muscle (Myotome) Development Regulated by Membrane Rafts and Constituent Nitric Oxide Synthase in Chicken Embryos" at Colorado State University on Tuesday, April 15.

Denetclaw will speak from 4-5 p.m. in Room E 118 East Anatomy-Zoology building. The discussion is part of Colorado State’s "New Perspectives in Contemporary Research" speaker series.

The chicken embryo animal model has been used to investigate early vertebrate embryo development for more than 150 years and is an important animal model for studying early human development in terms of both disease and normal development.

Denetclaw credits Colorado State Professors Gordon Niswender, Edward Squires and Professor Emeritus Gene Paulter as being instrumental in his pursuit of his academic studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. and his doctorate degree in Zoology from the University of California, Berkley.     

The "New Perspectives in Contemporary Research" speaker series has been developed to provide the Colorado State community access to a variety of cutting-edge original academic research. The speakers showcased are innovative senior scholars who have been examining critical perspectives on United States and international cultures, politics and societies. The intent of the series is to enlighten and educate faculty, staff and students to new ideas and perspectives.

The speaker series is sponsored by Colorado State University’s Accion, Department of Biology, Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity, College of Natural Sciences, Department of History, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Division of Enrollment and Access, Native American Student Services, Department of Social Work, Office of Student Media and Women’s Programs and Studies. The Fort Collins Museum and INCITE! Fort Collins Chapter also are sponsoring the series.

For more information, contact Ty Smith at or call (970) 491-1332.