Sally Camper

Sally Camper, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Human Genetics
Margery Shaw Distinguished University Professor of Human Genetics
Professor of Internal Medicine

5805 Medical Science Building II
1241 Catherine Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5618


Areas of Interest

Genetics of Birth Defects: neuroendocrine, auditory, and skeletal development. We use two main approaches in our birth defects research - sequencing patient DNA to identify novel disease genes and use of cell culture and animal models, especially the mouse, to understand the mechanism and pathophysiology of disease. Genetically engineered mice that model human disease are also valuable for testing therapeutic interventions. We are particularly interested in the genetic control of differentiation and cell proliferation that pertains to stem cells, progenitors and specialized cells. We study transcriptional regulation, cell signaling, and the interaction of these.

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Sarah Goddard Power Award from University of Michigan for contributing to the betterment of women
  • 2016 Women in Endocrinology Mentoring Award from The Endocrine Society
  • 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 2010 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, University of Michigan
  • 2007 Roy O. Greep Award for Research Excellence, Endocrine Society
  • 2005 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research, University of Michigan
  • 2002 NIH Merit Award
  • 2000 John Boezi Memorial Alumnus Award in Biochemistry, Michigan State University
  • 1992 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Young Investigator Award
  • 1996 Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan
  • 1995 Career Development Award, University of Michigan
  • 1989 March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award


  • 1986-1988 Princeton University, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1984-1986 Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1983 Michigan State University, Ph.D.Biochemistry
  • 1976 University of Delaware, B.S.Chemistry

Published Articles or Reviews

Pérez-Millán MI, Brinkmeier ML, Mortensen AH, Camper SA.  PROP1 triggers epithelial-mesenchymal transition-like process in pituitary stem cells. e-life, 2016;5e14470,p.1-24. PMC4940164

Davis SW, Keisler JL, Pérez-Millán MI, Schade V, Camper SA.  All hormone-producing cell types of the pituitary intermediate and anterior lobes derive from Prop1 expressing progenitors. Endocrinology. 157(4):1385-96, 2016.  PMC4816735.

Geister KA, Brinkmeier ML, Cheung LY, Wendt J, Oatley MJ, Burgess DL, Kozloff KM, Cavalcoli JD, Oatley JM, Camper SA.  LINE-1 Mediated Insertion into Poc1a (Protein of Centriole 1 A) Causes Growth Insufficiency and Male Infertility in Mice.  PLoS Genetics. 11:e1005569, 2015. PMC4619696

Fang Q, Indzhykulian AA, Mustapha M, Riordan GP, Dolan DF, Friedman TB, Belyantseva IA, Frolenkov GI, Camper SA, Bird JE. The 133-kDa N-terminal domain enables myosin 15 to maintain mechanotransducing stereocilia and is essential for hearing. Elife. 4: August 24, 2015. PMC4592939

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