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Department of Biology


Dr. Anthony Capehart



Area of Study: 

Developmental Biology







Howell C-407


Department of Biology


East Carolina University


Greenville, NC 27858

Tony Capehart


Ph.D. Wake Forest University - Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Anatomy

M.S. University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Marine Biology

B.A. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, English


Research Program                                 

Cell/Extracellular Matrix Interactions During Embryonic Development:Our lab is currently investigating the role of the matrix chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan, versican, during formation of the skeletal template and synovial joints in the embryonic limb. Using a variety of constructs to knock down expression or over-express specific domains and isoforms of versican we hope to ascertain its function during early development of the appendicular skeleton.  


Courses Taught

BIOL 4060, 4061. Embryology.

BIOL 4071, 6071. Human Gross Anatomy.

BIOL 7090, 7091. Experimental Embryology.

BIOL 2130, 2140, 2150 Human Physiology and Anatomy.

Recent Publications  

Nagchowdhuri P.S., Andrews K.N., Robart S., Capehart A.A. (2012) Versican knockdown reduces interzone area during early stages of chick synovial joint development. Anatomical Record, 295: 397-409.

Pugh A.M., Silvestri B.A., Ward M.A., Whited W.M., Capehart A.A. (2010). Unusual bilateral muscular variation in the medial forearm: Separate humeral and ulnar bellies of flexor carpi ulnaris and anomalous muscle addition. Anatomy, 4: 67-71.

Hudson K.S., Andrews K., Early J., Mjaatvedt C.H., Capehart, A.A. (2010). Versican G1 domain and V3 isoform overexpression results in increased chondrogenesis in the developing chick limb in ovo. Anatomical Record, 293: 1669-1678.

Capehart, A.A. (2010). Proteolytic cleavage of versican during limb joint development. Anatomical Record, 293: 208-214.

Shepard, J. B., Gliga, D. A., Morrow, A. P., Hoffman, S., & Capehart, A. A. (2008). Versican knock-down compromises chondrogenesis in the embryonic chick limb. Anatomical Record, 291 (1): 19-27.

Cronin, K. D. & Capehart, A. A. (2007).  Gamma protocadherin expression in the embryonic chick nervous system. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 3 (1): 8-11.

Shepard, J. B., Krug, H. A., LaFoon, B. A., Hoffman, S., & Capehart, A. A. (2007). Versican expression during synovial joint morphogenesis. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 3 (6): 380-384.

Williams, D. R., Presar, A. R., Richmond, A. T., Mjaatvedt, C. H., Hoffman, S., A.A. Capehart, (2005).  Limb chondrogenesis is compromised in the versican deficient hdf mouse. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 334: 960-966.

Snow, H. E., Riccio, L. M., Mjaatvedt, C. H. , Hoffman, S., & Capehart, A. A. (2005). Versican expression during skeletal/joint morphogenesis and patterning of muscle and nerve in the embryonic mouse limb. Anatomical Record, 282A: 95-105.

Laboratory Personnel       

 Kristen Andrews

 Kristen Andrews, M.S. student

 Sheelah Iyengar

 Sheelah Iyengar, M.S. student

 Eli Robins

Eli Robins