Kimberly Latacha, Ph.D.


Interim Vice Chair for Medical Education
Phone: 402-559-8341 
Fax: 402-559-3400 

Education: 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. She serves as the director for the Structure and Development of the Human Body core, the co-leader of the Musculoskeletal and Integument Block Design Team, and the component leader for longitudinal integration of Gross Anatomy throughout all four years of medical school. She is the recent recipient of the the Golden Apple Award from UNMC (2017), the Excellence in Basic Science Teaching Award from UNMC (2015) and the Distinguished Service Teaching Award from Washington University School of Medicine (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 research focus is the design and implementation of new teaching methods in medical education.

Recent Publications: 
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.