Our laboratory uses the zebrafish as a “simple” vertebrate system to study how the forebrain and pituitary gland form during embryogenesis. We are also examining how embryonic cell-cell signaling systems continue to be used by the organism to modulate tissue growth and function throughout the life cycle. Accessible and rapid early development, a complete genetic toolbox for studying gene function in vivo, and the ability to generate fluorescent transgenic lines, are just some of the features that make the zebrafish a powerful model system and teaching tool. The basic cellular mechanisms that guide embryonic development and tissue renewal are remarkably conserved across vertebrate species, making these studies in zebrafish applicable to humans. Given the critical importance that embryonic cell signaling systems play in both adult tissue renewal (e.g. stem cell regulation) and disease (e.g. cancer), studies in zebrafish are increasingly providing important mechanistic information needed to understand and treat human disease.
- Hedgehog signaling in post-embryonic pituitary and forebrain growth.
- Early induction and patterning of the vertebrate pituitary gland.
- Ontogeny of Pituitary Endocrine Signaling during embryonic and post-embryonic development.
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- BS Northern Arizona University, 1985
- PhD University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1993
- Postdoctoral Training: 1993, University of Utah, 1994-1996, Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, Tubingen, Germany, 1996-1998, Skirball Institute, New York University Medical Center