University of Nebraska Medical Center (PhD), 2002
Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO (post-doc), 2004
Dr. Latacha’s primary responsibility in the department is teaching Gross Anatomy. She was recently recognized for her teaching efforts by receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award from Washington University Medical School (2009).
Dr. Latacha’s biomedical research efforts have focused on early vascular patterning in the chick embryo and the biomechanical forces involved in cardiac looping. Her current projects include consulting on an investigation to characterize the morphogenetic and biomechanical events of cardiac s-looping, contributing to the development of a nerve lesion teaching module, and assessing the prevalence and safety of implantable cardiac defibrillators in the Gross Anatomy laboratory.
Ramasubramanian A, Latacha KS, Benjamin JM, Voronov DA, Ravi A, Taber LA. (2006) Computational model for early cardiac looping. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 34(8): 1655-69.
Latacha KS & Rosenquist TH. (2005) Homocysteine inhibits extra-embryonic vascular development in the chick embryo. Developmental Dynamics 234(2): 323-31.
Latacha KS, Remond MC, Ramasubramanian A, Chen AY, Elson EL, Taber LA. (2005) Role of actin polymerization in bending of the early heart tube. Developmental Dynamics 233(4): 1272-86.