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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Kathleen Spears

Dr. Kathleen Spears



1413 CI


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2012

Assistant Professor


  • PhD Neuroscience, Emphasis: Regenerative Medicine; University of Missouri, 2011
  • BS Biology; Truman State University, 2003

Courses Taught

  • General Biology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Principles of Biology
  • Allied Health Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Human Physiology

Academic Interest

  • Cancer stem cells
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neural stem cell differentiation
  • Developmental biology

Scholarly Activity

  • Romig K, Spears K.  (2014) Scale and Public Health: Missouri’s Cigarette Tax Rate.  Papers in Applied Geography, Volume 37: 118-125. 
  • Tullis G, Spears K, Kirk MD. (2014). Immunological Barriers to Stem Cell Therapy in the Central Nervous System.  Stem Cells International, Vol. 2014, Article ID 507905.12 pgs
  • Meyer JS, Tullis G, Pierret C, Spears K, Kirk MD. (2009) Detection of calcium transients in embryonic stem cells and their differentiated progeny. Cellular and Molecular  Neurobiolgoy.Vol. 29, 1191-203
  • Pierret C*, Spears K*, Morrison JA*, Maruniak JA, Katz ML, Kirk MD. (2007). Elements of a neural stem cell niche derived from embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells and Development, Vol.16,1017-26
  • Pierret C, Spears K, Maruniak JA, Kirk MD. (2006). Neural crest as the source of adult stem cells. Stem    Cells and Development, Vol.15, 286-91

Other Professional Experiences

  • Society for Neuroscience, Active Member
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research, Associate Member
  • Council on Undergraduate Research, Enhanced Member
  • American Chemical Society, Active Member