Research Interests

Research Interests: The digestive tract is an interconnected group of organs whose functions are essential for all living animals. In my laboratory, we use two vertebrate model animals to study morphogenesis, growth and differentiation of the digestive tract: the chicken and the little skate embryos. By studying development of the digestive tract in these two diverse vertebrates we can gain insight into how the digestive tract evolved in the vertebrate lineage, and the genetic controls that made those functional and morphological changes possible over 450 million years.

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