Research in our lab focuses on one of the fundamental questions in evolutionary anddevelopmental biology - how signaling transduction pathways control the gene regulatory networks that specify and pattern territories along the major embryonic axes during early development. We are particularly interested in both the early regulatory mechanism(s) that activate the anterior neuroectoderm and the role of a Wnt signaling network we identified that appears to specify and pattern the anterior-posterior axis in a variety of deuterostome embryos (vertebrates, urochordates, cephalochordates, hemichordates and echinoderms).

Subject areas:

  • Evolutionary Genetics & Systematics Core
  • Physiological Adaptations and Functional Genomics Core.
PhD, Duke University, 2005
BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1997