Dr. Cheryl Soref

Position title: Research Specialist

Email: Soref@ortho.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 320-2160

Department Affiliation:

Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Education Background:

Ph.D. Neurobiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Duke University
B.S. Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Description:

Using undifferentiated stem cells to derive a variety of cell types for 2D and 3D tissue modeling


  1. Soref, C. M. and W. E. Fahl.  2014.  Optimum Topical Delivery of Adrenergic Agonists to Oral Mucosa Vasculature. Pharmaceutical Research. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Soref, C. M. and W. E. Fahl.  2014. A new strategy to prevent chemotherapy and radiotherapy-induced alopecia using topically applied vasoconstrictor.  Int J Cancer. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Soref, C. M. and W. E. Fahl.  2014.  A New Topical Vasoconstrictor-Based Strategy for Prevention of Oral Mucositis. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 117(4):  454-61.
  4. Burke, J. M., and C. Soref.  1988.  Topographical Variation in Growth in Cultured Bovine Retinal Pigment Epithelium.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 29(12):  1784-1788.
  5. Winey, M., L. Mathison, C. M. Soref, and M. R. Culbertson.  1989.  Distribution of introns in frameshift-suppressor proline-tRNA genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Gene 76:  89-97.
  6. Mathison, L., M. Winey, C. Soref, M. R. Culbertson, and G. Knapp.  1989. Mutations in the Anticodon Stem Affect Removal of Introns from Pre-tRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Molecular and Cellular Biology 9(10):  4220-4228.
  7. Hao, Y., C. M. Soref, C. G. Gerke, and F. Wong.  1992a.  The Visual Pigment Gene Family and Distribution of Photoreceptors in the Pig Retina.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 33(4):  1004.
  8. Soref, C. M., and F. Wong.  1994a.  Characterization of an Opsin Promoter Element:  Ret 1.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 35(4):  1703.
  9. Di, Y.-P., C. M. Soref, Y. H. Zhao, and R. Wu.  1999a.  Characterization and regulation of an airway epithelial cell-specific novel gene which belongs to the short-chain alcohol dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) gene family.  Am. J. of Respir. and Crit. Care Med. 159(3):  A37.
  10. Soref, C. M., Y.-P. Di, Y. H. Zhao, and R. Wu.  2000a.  Characterization of the expression of a novel airway epithelial cell-specific gene with a putative retinol dehydrogenase activity.  Am. J. of Respir. and Crit. Care Med. 161(3):  A259.
  11. Soref CM, Di YP, Hayden L, Zhao YH, Satre MA, Wu R. 2001.  Characterization of a novel airway epithelial cell-specific short chain alcohol dehydrogenase/reductase gene whose expression is up-regulated by retinoids and is involved in the metabolism of retinol.  J Biol Chem. 276(26):  24194-202.
  12. Soref, C. M. and R. Wu.  2002a.  Identification of an hRDH-TBE Ortholog in the mouse genome.  Am. J. of Respir. and Crit. Care Med. 165(8):  A70.
  13. Peebles, D. D., C. M. Soref, R. R. Copp, A. L. Thunberg, and W. E. Fahl.  2012. ROS-Scavenger and Radioprotective Efficacy of the New PrC-210 Aminothiol. Radiat Res. Jul;178(1):  57-68.
  14. Soref, C. M., T. A. Hacker, and W. E. Fahl.  2012.  A New Orally Active, Aminothiol Radioprotector-free of Nausea and Hypotension Side Effects at its Highest Radioprotective Doses.  Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology & Physics 82 (5):  e701-707.
  15. Copp, R. R., D. D. Peebles, C. M. Soref, and W. E. Fahl.  2013.  Radioprotection and Toxicity of a New Family of Aminothiol Analogs. Int. J. Radiation Biol. 89 (7):  485-492.

Awards & Honors:

Grants and Fellowships

  • Individual National Research Service Award, NIH (2000-2002).
  • American Lung Association Research Training Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • Postdoctoral Training Grant in Cardiovascular and Neurophysiology (1997-1998)
  • NIH Predoctoral Training Grant, Duke University Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (1989-1992)


  • 1994    Member of Sigma Xi
  • 1986    Gamma Delta Sigma
  • 1985    Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1982    Sigma Epsilon Sigma
  • 1982    Phi Eta Sigma