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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Kathleen Spears

Dr. Kathleen Spears



CIE 1413


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

  • Medical Terminology
  • General Biology
  • Immunology
  • Human Physiology

Academic Interest

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

Scholarly Activity

  • Spears K, Kern J, Hassett DE, Kirk MD. (2012). Neuralized embryonic stem cells induce a systemic immune response in an in vivo model of CNS cell replacement therapy. Submitted.                                                  
  • Spears K, Bradley L, Litofsky NS, Miller DC, Anthony D.  (2012)  Glioblastoma associated endothelial cells originate from the CD133+ fraction of tumor stem cells and are not recruited from the host vasculature.  In Prep.
  • 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