Liz Torr

Credentials: Research Specialist, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Position title: Research Specialist


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Education Background:

B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, U.K.

Research Description: Provide support for the biomaterials and tissue engineering group. Characterize cells differentiated from stem cells, develop new assays, create cell banks, conduct research experiments and assist with lab experiments where needed.

  1. E. Aisenbrey, E. Torr, H. Johnson, C. Soref, W. Daly, W.L. Murphy. A protocol for rapid pericyte differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells. STAR Protocols, 2021; 2: 100261
  2. G. Kaushik, K. Gupta, V. Harms, E. Torr, J. Evans, H.J. Johnson, C. Soref, S. Acevedo-Acevedo, J. Antosiewicz-Bourget, D. Mamott, P. Uhl, B.P. Johnson, S.P. Palecek, D.J. Beebe, J.A. Thomson, W.T. Daly, W.L. Murphy. Engineered perineural vascular plexus for modeling developmental toxicity. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2020;9:e2000825
  3. Kaushik G, Gil DA, Torr E, Berge ES, Soref C, Uhl P, Fontana G, Antosiewicz-Bourget J, Edington C, Schwartz MP, Griffith LG, Thomson JA, Skala MC, Daly, WT, Murphy WL. Quantitative label-free imaging of 3D vascular networks self-assembled in synthetic hydrogels. Adv Health Mat Jan 8(2) 2019 e1801186
  4. Esnault S, Bernau K, Torr EE, Bochkov YA, Jarjour NN, Sandbo N. RNA-sequencing analysis of lung primary fibroblast response to eosinophil-degranulation products downstream effects on inflammation, tissue remodeling and lipid metabolism. Respir Res 2017 Nov 10 18(1) 188.
  5. Esnault S, Torr EE, Bernau K, Johansson MW, Kelly EA, Sandbo N, Jarjour NN. Endogenous Semaphorin-7A Impedes Human Lung Fibroblast Differentiation. PLoS One. 2017 Jan 17;12(1):e0170207
  6. Ferguson KT, Torr EE, Bernau K, Leet J, Sherris D, Sandbo N. The Novel mTOR Complex 1 / 2 Inhibitor P529 Inhibits Human Lung Myofibroblast Differentiation. J Cell Biochem. 2017 Aug;118(8):2241-2249
  7. Bernau K, Torr EE, Evans MD, Aoki JK, Ngam CR, Sandbo N. TNS1 is Essential for Myofibroblast Differentiation and Extracellular Matrix Formation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2016 Dec 22.
  8. Slater M, Torr E, Harrison T, Forrester D, Knox A, Shaw D, Sayers I. The differential effects of azithromycin on the airway epithelium in vitro and in vivo. Physiol Rep. 2016 Sep;4(18).
  9. Torr E, Heath M, Mee M, Shaw D, Sharp TV, Sayers I. Expression of polycomb protein BMI-1 maintains the plasticity of basal bronchial epithelial cells. Physiol Rep. 2016 Aug;4(16).
  10. Bernau K, Ngam C, Torr EE, Acton B, Kach J, Dulin NO, Sandbo N. Megakaryoblastic leukemia-1 is required for the development of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Respir Res. 2015 Mar 27;16:45.
  11. Torr EE, Ngam CR, Bernau K, Tomasini-Johansson B, Acton B, Sandbo N. Myofibroblasts exhibit enhanced fibronectin assembly that is intrinsic to their contractile phenotype. J Biol Chem. 2015 Mar 13;290(11):6951-61.
  12. Nagel D, Behrendt JM, Chimonides GF, Torr EE, Devitt A, Sutherland AJ, Hine AV. Polymeric microspheres as protein transduction reagents. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2014 Jun;13(6):1543-51.
  13. Sandbo N, Ngam C, Torr E, Kregel S, Kach J, Dulin N. Control of myofibroblast differentiation by microtubule dynamics through a regulated localization of mDia2. J Biol Chem. 2013 May 31;288(22):15466-73.
  14. Hill EJ, Nagel DA, O’Neil JD, Torr E, Woehrling EK, Devitt A, Coleman MD. Effects of lithium and valproic acid on gene expression and phenotypic markers in an NT2 neurosphere model of neural development. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e58822.
  15. Stewart CE, Torr EE, Mohd Jamili NH, Bosquillon C, Sayers I. Evaluation of differentiated human bronchial epithelial cell culture systems for asthma research. J Allergy (Cairo). 2012;2012:943982.
  16. Torr EE, Gardner DH, Thomas L, Goodall DM, Bielemeier A, Willetts R, Griffiths HR, Marshall LJ, Devitt A. Apoptotic cell-derived ICAM-3 promotes both macrophage chemoattraction to and tethering of apoptotic cells. Cell Death Differ. 2012 Apr;19(4):671-9.
  17. Woehrling EK, Hill EJ, Torr EE, Coleman MD. Single-cell ELISA and flow cytometry as methods for highlighting potential neuronal and astrocytic toxicant specificity. Neurotox Res. 2011 Apr;19(3):472-83.
  18. Palmer DH, Midgley RS, Mirza N, Torr EE, Ahmed F, Steele JC, Steven NM, Kerr DJ, Young LS, Adams DH. A phase II study of adoptive immunotherapy using dendritic cells pulsed with tumor lysate in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatology. 2009 Jan;49(1):124-32.
  19. Steele JC, Torr EE, Noakes KL, Kalk E, Moss PA, Reynolds GM, Hubscher SG, van Lohuizen M, Adams DH, Young LS. The polycomb group proteins, BMI-1 and EZH2, are tumour-associated antigens. Br J Cancer. 2006 Nov 6;95(9):1202-11.