College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Michelle Casad

Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2012
  • M.S. University of California, San Diego, 2006
  • B.S. University of California, San Diego, 2001


I have been interested in cardiovascular physiology, and I have studied in the context of several animal models of cardiovascular disease, including in mouse and fruit flies (yes, fruit flies have hearts!).

I also spend time with the cardiovascular systems of my husband and two children, dog, cat, chickens and duck. With my family I like to camp and canoe and play soccer and baseball.

I also play the piano for our church, and I am involved in organizing the music ministry.


I am always interested in becoming a better teacher, so I have been happy to attend the Northwest Biology Instructor's Organization conference several times. 


Michelle E. Casad, Lin Yu, Joseph Daniels, Matthew J. Wolf, Howard A. Rockman.  Deletion of Siah-Interacting Protein gene in Drosophila causes cardiomyopathy. Mol Genet Genomics. 2012 Apr;287(4):351-60

Michelle E. Casad, Dennis Abraham, Il-man Kim, Stephan Frangakis, Brian Dong, Na Lin, Matthew J. Wolf and Howard A. Rockman. Cardiomyopathy is associated with ribosomal protein gene haploinsufficiency in Drosophila melanogasterGenetics.  November 2011 189:861-870

Kim BE, Turski ML, Nose Y, Casad M, Rockman HA, Thiele DJ. Cardiac copper deficiency activates a systemic signaling mechanism that communicates with the copper acquisition and storage organs. Cell Metab. 2010 May 5;11(5):353-63.

Suckow MA, Zollman A, Cornelissen I, Casad M, Roahrig J, Castellino FJ, Rosen ED. “Tissue distribution of fetal liver cells following in utero transplantation in mice.” Exp Biol Med. 2005 230(11): 860-4.

Rosen E.D., Cornelissen I., Liang Z., Zollman A., Casad M., Roahrig J., Suckow M., and Castellino F.J. “In Utero Transplantation of Fetal Liver Cells Rescues Factor X Deficient Mice from Perinatal Lethality.” Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2003 1(1): 19-27.