Donna Beer Stolz, PhD
Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Dr. Stolz is the Director of the Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology Graduate Program Graduate Program Director of Cell Biology and Molecular Biology, and a member of the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Training Program.

Office Location:
BST South 221
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Information:
Office Telephone: 412-383-7283
Lab Telephone: 412-648-8865


  • BS - 1986, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • PhD - 1991, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests

As Associate Director of the Center for Biologic Imaging, and Director of the Electron Microscopy Arm of the CBI, my main role is to provide collaborative and educational support as well as interpretive analyses for investigators and students in the wide variety of imaging modalities available at the Center. My research interests involve angiogenesis and vascular function, liver endothelial cell biology, liver regeneration and function, and effects of aging on liver and kidney parenchyma and endothelia.

Awards and Honors

  • Graduated summa cum laude, U Mass
  • American Liver Foundation Scholar Award - 1997
  • 2nd and 19th place Nikon Small World Photomicroscopy Contest - 2011

Selected Publications

View Dr. Stolz's publications on PubMed

  1. Li Y, Merkel CD, Zeng X, Heier JA, Cantrell PS, Sun M, Stolz DB, Watkins SC, Yates NA, Kwiatkowski AV. The N-cadherin interactome in primary cardiomyocytes as defined using quantitative proximity proteomics. J Cell Sci 2019 132(3). PMID 30630894
  2. Nmezi B, Xu J, Fu R, Armiger TJ, Rodriguez-Bey G, Powell JS, Ma H, Sullivan M, Tu Y, Chen NY,Young SG, Stolz DB, Dahl KN, Liu Y, Padiath QS. Concentric organization of A- and B-type lamins predicts their distinct roles in the spatial organization and stability of the nuclear lamina. PNAS 2019 In press PMID: 30765529
  3. Watson AR, Dai H, Zheng Y, Nakano R, Giannou AD, Menk AV, Stolz DB, Delgoffe GM, Thomson AW. mTORC2 Deficiency Alters the Metabolic Profile of Conventional Dendritic Cells. Front Immunol. 2019;10:1451. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.01451. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 31338091; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6626913.
  4. Espiritu EB, Jiang H, Moreau-Marquis S, Sullivan M, Yan K, Beer Stolz D, Sampson MG, Hukriede NA, Swiatecka-Urban A. The human nephrin Y1139RSL motif is essential for podocyte foot process organization and slit diaphragm formation during glomerular development. J Biol Chem. 2019 Jul 12;294(28):10773-10788. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.008235. Epub 2019 May 31. PubMed PMID: 31152064; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6635437.
  5. Merkel CD, Li Y, Raza Q, Stolz DB, Kwiatkowski AV. Vinculin anchors contractile actin to the cardiomyocyte adherens junction. Mol Biol Cell 2019. Sep 4:mbcE19040216. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-04-0216. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:31483697
  6. Zhou D, Fu H, Han Y, Zhang L, Liu S, Lin L, Stolz DB, Liu Y. Sonic Hedgehog connects podocytes injury to mesangial activation and glomerulosclerosis. JCI Insight 2019 PMID: 31647783.
  7. Xie W, Jiao B, Bai Q, Ilin VA, Sun M, Burton CE, Kolodieznyi D, Calderon MJ, Stolz DB, Opresko PL, St Croix CM, Watkins S, Van Houten B, Bruchez MP, Burton EA. Chemoptogenetic ablation of neuronal mitochondria in vivo with spatiotemporal precision and controllable severity.Elife. 2020 Mar 17;9. pii: e51845. doi: 10.7554/eLife.51845.PMID: 32180546