Terry H. Lechler

Terry H. Lechler
Associate Professor in Dermatology
CMB - Clinical/Other
DSCB - Regenerative Medicine
Campus mail: 310 Nanaline Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-4550

My lab studies how epithelial tissues of the skin and gut are formed. We are particularly interested in the roles of the cytoskeleton, cell adhesion and cell division orientations in the development and maintenance of tissues. 

Education and Training

  • Harvard University , Ph.D. 2001
  • Rockefeller University, Postdoctoral Associate


Adherens junctions and stem cells.

The specification, maintenance, division and differentiation of stem cells are integral to the development and homeostasis of many tissues. These stem cells often live in specialized anatomical areas, called niches.

Asymmetric Cell Divisions in the Epidermis

Generation of three-dimensional tissues with distinct cell types is required for the development of all organs. On its own, mitotic spindle orientation allows tissues to change in length or shape.