Heather Szabo Rogers

Heather Szabo Rogers


508 Salk Pavilion
Administrative Assistant
Michele Leahy

BSc, PhD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Heather Szabo Rogers is an Assistant Professor in Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment in the Department of Developmental Biology and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Rogers is the Vice President of the Pittsburgh chapter of AADR.
Dr. Rogers graduated with a B.Sc. in Cell Biology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada, and completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Rogers completed a postdoc at King’s College London and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.
Dr. Rogers research interests focus on the development of the craniofacial complex – the skull, cranial base, lip and palate and can be broadly focused into three arms. 1) Developmental etiology including molecular and cellular  mechanisms in the development of orofacial clefting. 2) Control and development of the skull vault and cranial base. 3) Cell polarization and orientation functions in craniofacial development. To address these questions, using a combination of classical embryology and cell biological techniques. Our work will help us understand how craniofacial anomalies including cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis arise during embryogenesis.
Dr. Rogers has both refereed primary research articles and review articles. She is a member of: Society for Craniofacial Genetics, Society of Developmental Biology, British Society of Developmental Biology, International Association of Dental Research, American Association of Dental Research and Canadian Association of Dental Research. Dr. Rogers reviews manuscripts for the Journal of Anatomy, Cleft Palate
Craniofacial Journal, Developmental Dynamics, and the Journal of Dental Research amongst others. 


University of Alberta, BS 2000
University of British Columbia, PhD 2007



Oral Biology
Center for Craniofacial Regeneration (CCR)