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Judith Daniels

Judith Daniels (Litvin), PhD


Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Associate Professor, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology

Chair, Curriculum Committee

Ombudsperson, Temple University School of Medicine

Vice Chair of Education, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Telephone:  215-707-2070

Fax:  215-707-2966

Email: judith.litvin@temple.edu


Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology

Cardiovascular Research Center


Educational Background:


Queens College-CUNY, Flushing, NY

Biology, B.A, 1972-1976


Framingham State College, Framingham, MA

Nutrition, M.S., 1976-1979


University of North Carolina School of Public Health
Department of Nutrition, Chapel Hill, NC

Ph.D. Nutrition-Biochemistry, 1980-1983

(Thesis Advisor: Dr. Boyd Switzer)

The Pharmaco-kinetics of Ethanol Consumption During Pregnancy and the Biochemical Effects on Fetuses


University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1984-1987

(Sponsor:  Dr. Mary Lou King)

The Role of Cell Surface Molecules during Gastrulation in Xenopus


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Department of Biology

Post-doctoral Fellowship

(Sponsor:  Dr. Irwin Konigsberg)

Control of myosin heavy chain isoform expression in the quail skeletal muscle system


Cornell University Medical School, New York City, NY

Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy

Post-doctoral Fellowship

(Sponsor:  Dr. David M. Bader)

Regulation of cardiac muscle-specific gene expression


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Research Interests:


Dr. Judith Litvin, Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, is Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Ombudsperson at Temple's School of Medicine, Educator at the Medical, Dental, Podiatry and Graduate levels and is nationally and internationally recognized as a cellular and molecular developmental biologist. Dr. Litvin has mentored students at the high school, college and graduate school levels. Many of her students have won regional and national prizes for their work performed in her laboratory. She has been a leader in the advancement of graduate education within her department and at the medical school, has organized a workshop for chairpersons and section-chiefs to promote and teach the importance of ‘mentorship’ and continues to work towards providing faculty with tools to promote progress and advancement.


Dr. Litvin is trained as a cellular and molecular developmental biologist. Her research initially focused on the study of grastrulation in Xenopus laevis and later on muscle develpment. First, on skeletal muscle development and later on cardiac or heart muscle development. She is recognized in the field of avian heart development, specifically for her studies and reports on the location of cardiac progenitor cells early in the developmental process. Recently, her interests have moved to the identifiaction of genes expressed early in heart development and their role(s) in pathologies in the adult heart. One such molecule is Periostin-Like-Factor. Interestingly, it is also expressed in bone as are many other recently identified molecules. Since the bone-heart connection is intruiging and a natural extension of her research interests she has started to examine the role of PLF in bone formation and disease.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

25617052. Fisher PW, Zhao Y, Rico MC, Massicotte VS, Wade CK, Litvin J, Bove GM, Popoff SN, Barbe MF, Increased CCN2, substance P and tissue fibrosis are associated with sensorimotor declines in a rat model of repetitive overuse injury. J Cell Commun Signal 9:1(37-54)2015 Mar

24583543. Jain NX, Barr-Gillespie AE, Clark BD, Kietrys DM, Wade CK, Litvin J, Popoff SN, Barbe MF, Bone loss from high repetitive high force loading is prevented by ibuprofen treatment. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact 14:1(78-94)2014 Mar

20703083. Chawla R, Procknow JA, Tantravahi RV, Khurana JS, Litvin J, Reddy EP, Cooperativity of Cdk4R24C and Ras in melanoma development. Cell Cycle 9:16(3305-14)2010 Aug 15

20634902. Reddy HK, Graņa X, Dhanasekaran DN, Litvin J, Reddy EP, Requirement of Cdk4 for v-Ha-ras-Induced Breast Tumorigenesis and Activation of the v-ras-Induced Senescence Program by the R24C Mutation. Genes Cancer 1:1(69-80)2010 Jan

19620321. Rani S, Barbe MF, Barr AE, Litvin J, Induction of periostin-like factor and periostin in forearm muscle, tendon, and nerve in an animal model of work-related musculoskeletal disorder. J Histochem Cytochem 57:11(1061-73)2009 Nov

19095091. Rani S, Barbe MF, Barr AE, Litvin J, Periostin-like-factor and Periostin in an animal model of work-related musculoskeletal disorder. Bone 44:3(502-12)2009 Mar

19006175. Zhu S, Barbe MF, Liu C, Hadjiargyrou M, Popoff SN, Rani S, Safadi FF, Litvin J, Periostin-like-factor in osteogenesis. J Cell Physiol 218:3(584-92)2009 Mar

17092992. Litvin J, Chen X, Keleman S, Zhu S, Autieri M, Expression and function of periostin-like factor in vascular smooth muscle cells. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 292:5(C1672-80)2007 May

16414453. Litvin J, Blagg A, Mu A, Matiwala S, Montgomery M, Berretta R, Houser S, Margulies K, Periostin and periostin-like factor in the human heart: possible therapeutic targets. Cardiovasc Pathol 15:1(24-32)2006 Jan-Feb

16339779. Aksoy MO, Yang Y, Ji R, Reddy PJ, Shahabuddin S, Litvin J, Rogers TJ, Kelsen SG, CXCR3 surface expression in human airway epithelial cells: cell cycle dependence and effect on cell proliferation. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 290:5(L909-18)2006 May

16288002. Reddy HK, Mettus RV, Rane SG, Graņa X, Litvin J, Reddy EP, Cyclin-dependent kinase 4 expression is essential for neu-induced breast tumorigenesis. Cancer Res 65:22(10174-8)2005 Nov 15

15258926. Litvin J, Selim AH, Montgomery MO, Lehmann K, Rico MC, Devlin H, Bednarik DP, Safadi FF, Expression and function of periostin-isoforms in bone. J Cell Biochem 92:5(1044-61)2004 Aug 1

11814677. Redkar A, deRiel JK, Xu YS, Montgomery M, Patwardhan V, Litvin J, Characterization of cardiac muscle factor 1 sequence motifs: retinoblastoma protein binding and nuclear localization. Gene 282:1-2(53-64)2002 Jan 9

11493546. Redkar A, Montgomery M, Litvin J, Fate map of early avian cardiac progenitor cells. Development 128:12(2269-79)2001 Jun

10822265. Patwardhan V, Fernandez S, Montgomery M, Litvin J, The rostro-caudal position of cardiac myocytes affect their fate. Dev Dyn 218:1(123-35)2000 May

9109487. Toscani A, Mettus RV, Coupland R, Simpkins H, Litvin J, Orth J, Hatton KS, Reddy EP, Arrest of spermatogenesis and defective breast development in mice lacking A-myb. Nature 386:6626(713-7)1997 Apr 17

9099875. Montgomery MO, Litvin J, The cardiac-muscle specific enhancer-promoter of slow/cardiac troponin C binds HMG-2. Gene 187:2(159-64)1997 Mar 18

8808690. Latham KE, Litvin J, Orth JM, Patel B, Mettus R, Reddy EP, Temporal patterns of A-myb and B-myb gene expression during testis development. Oncogene 13:6(1161-8)1996 Sep 19

8084617. Mettus RV, Litvin J, Wali A, Toscani A, Latham K, Hatton K, Reddy EP, Murine A-myb: evidence for differential splicing and tissue-specific expression. Oncogene 9:10(3077-86)1994 Oct

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Temple University School of Medicine


Medical Histology lectures on the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems.

SERA/HCOP Remedial Histology for Medical Students.

Development and Function of the Musculoskeletal System. Lectures on ‘Development of Muscle’ and ‘Development of the Limb.’

Cell Structure and Function. Lectures on The Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems.

Cellular and Molecular Biology. Co-Director. Core Course

Molecular Physiology. Lectures on ‘Regulation of Transcription.’ Department of Physiology

Principles of Development. Lectures on the Regulation of Gastrulation in Amphibians and Birds, and Regulation of Muscle Development. 2004

Reading in Cell Biology. Course Director and Lecturer: A course to teach students to think critically and improve skills in both written and verbal presentations.

Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology. Facilitator for Seminar Series


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Graduate Students Supervised  as Mentor


S. Zhu, “The Role of Periostin-Like-Factor in Osteoblast Differentiation and Bone Formation," 2003-2006.


S. Rani “The Function of Periostin-Like-Factor in Osteoblasts from Limbs Exposed to High Repitition High Force Activity," 2006- present.


A. Zabedin (co-advisor with Dr. Premkumar Reddy) “ The Role of Cdk4 in Vasculaogenesis and Cancer,” 2004- present.


Advisory Dissertation Committees


J. Song (Chair) “The Role of CTGF in Mesenchymal Condensation,” present.


S. Cinar“ The Role of Osteoactivin in Transdifferentiation of Mesenchymal Cells,” present.


Y. Lee“ Maternal Genes that Enhance  IVF," present.


J.  Arnott (Chair) “Connective Tissue Growth Factor is a Downstream Target of Transforming Growth Factor Beta 1 in Primary Rat Osteoblasts,”  2006.


M.E. Carlile (Chair)  “The Role of Lipid Rafts and Caveolae in Protease Activated Receptor-Induced Signaling,” 2006.


F. Francis (Chair) “Mechanisms of slow axonal transport,” 2006.


Ying Li (Member) “Vascular Occlusive Disease,”.2006.


O. Ogunkua “A Molecular and Bioinformatic Analysis of the Expression of Mouse Axonemal Dynein Heavy Chain 8,” 2003


J. Xu. (Chair) “Molecular and Cellular Basis of Aberrant Skeletal Development in Osteopetrosis,” 2000


A. Kumar“Role of c-myb and A-myb in growth, differentiation, apoptosis and transformation of myeloid and breast cancer cells,” 2001.


S. Roy (Chair) “Visualization of slow axonal transport in living neurons: Novel mechanisms of neurofilament transport,” 2001.


E.Foley  Did not complete research in neuroscience,.1997.


J. Wang  “Mechanisms for generating the microtubule array in growing dendrites,” 1996.


Y. Li “Microtubule Assembly During Axon Growth,” 1996.


D. Hermey“Co-Existence of Abnormalities in the Vitamin D-Endocrine and Skeletal Systems in Osteopetrosis,” 1995.


Minority, Undergraduate and High School Students Supervised as Mentor:



Sunny Kumar “Localization of PLF in Emphysema,” 2006-2007.


DaEun Im “Expression of Markers of Cardiac Myocyte Hypertrophy in Cells Over-expressing PLF,” 2004-2005.


Ludmilar Messidor “Generation of Adenovirus to Over-express PLF,” 2003-2005.


Laura Jones “The Effect of PLF over-expression by Adenovirus in Chick Embryonic Hearts,” 2002-2003.


Rabia Chaudry  “Immunolocalization of PLF in Chick Embryos,” 1999.


Abayomi Walker “Isolation of total protein from Chick Embryos at Different Stages of Development,” 1998-1999.


Rhonda Sessons “Immunostaining of Adult Hearts Under Pressure and/or Volume Overload with anti-CMF1,” 1998.


Sonalis Fernandez “Fate Mapping the Chick Embryonic Heart,” 1997.


Kali Gordon “Immunostaing Chick Hearts during Development with anti-MHC Antibodies,”  1995.


Nikki Sistrun  “Identification of Differentially Expressed mRNA during Heart Development,”  1995.


Mega Shah  “Localization of CMF1 during Chick Heart Development by Immunostaining,”  1995.


Jeannene Goodman “Identification of CMF1 during Heart Development by Western Blot Analysis,” 1993.



Post Doctoral Fellows Supervised:


Ahmed Elokda, MD., 2002-2004.


Abhay Redkar, Ph.D., 1997-2001.


Vidya Patwardhan, Ph.D., 1997-1999.


Yong-Sheng Xu, Ph.D., 1995-1997.


Yue Jiao, M.D., 1995-1996.


Gautam Singh, M.D. Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, St.Christopher’s Pediatric Department, l994 -1995.


Stacy Mazzacco, M.D.  Surgical Resident In collaboration with Dr. John White, 1995-1996.


Sherry Scovell, M.D. Surgical Resident In collaboration with Dr. John White, 1996-1997.


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