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University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D in Molecular and Cell Biology
Expected Graduation, May 2016

PhD project: The topology of Hox gene networks during the development of the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis
Generating a multicellular animal from a single-celled zygote requires the coordinated spatiotemporal expression of thousands of genes. Members of the Hox family of transcription factors, expressed in different domains along the anterior-posterior axis of Bilaterian embryos, are well known for their role in determining regional identity. The Hox proteins, however, only regulate the process as transcription factors; it is the hundreds of downstream genes they mobilize that physically construct the embryo. This downstream network that builds each unique region is largely a black box.

The goal of my thesis research is to comprehensively identify genes regulated by Hox proteins in the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis and to begin to dissect their role in appendage morphogenesis and evolution.

University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Minor: Evolutionary Biology
Graduated May 2010
Undergrad Research: Characterization of the role of Hox gene post2 during the embryonic development of the mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta

My Wiki-baby: Hox genes, other words that reroute to this page