Member Links

Member Links is a place where potential collaborators, trainees, and lay people can find developmental biologists with expertise in diverse areas of research. SDB full members may post (or update) a link to their lab website by sending an email  with subject "Member Links" to the SDB webmaster, with their name, institution, website URL, and a brief (75-word max) description of their research.  Posting is subject to approval.

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Dominique Alfandari, University of Massachusetts

The Alfandari lab, studies the regulation of cell migration during early frog development. Our current research focuses on the role of ADAM metalloproteases in cranial neural crest cell migration.

 
Benjamin L. Allen, University of Michigan

We are interested in how cells become sequentially determined to more precisely defined fates during vertebrate embryonic development, and how this process depends upon cell position and upon interactions among neighboring cells.

 
Sharon Amacher, The Ohio State University

We are interested in how cells become sequentially determined to more precisely defined fates during vertebrate embryonic development, and how this process depends upon cell position and upon interactions among neighboring cells.

 
Parker Antin, University of Arizona

The Antin lab studies lineage diversification and morphogenesis in the chicken embryo.

 
Cesar Arenas-Mena, College of Staten Island/City University of New York

Our lab studies the function and evolution of multipotency and gene regulatory networks in indirectly developing sea urchins and polychaetes

 
Swathi Arur, UT. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

The Arur Lab studies germ cell development and developmental signaling events underlying co-ordinated progression of oogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans.

 
Radhika Atit, Case Western Reserve University

research is focused on embryonic skin development and spans the developmental period of dermal cell induction including adult patterning of skin. There is relatively little known about the genetic and cellular events that lead to the acquisition of dermal identity. Our goal is to identify the genetic pathways that confer dermal cell identity which subsequently drives the development of various skin appendages such as hair follicles. We are currently using transgenic mice and conditional mouse mutants to address questions of dermal cell origin and signaling requirements for dermal cell development.

 
Michael J.F. Barresi, Smith College

Uses the zebrafish model system to study axon guidance, axon-glial interactions, and the regulation of neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation.  Created the "Biology Web Conferences" as an online resource of recorded video conferences between undergraduate students and the principle investigators behind the much of the current and seminal research in the field of developmental Biology.

 
Richard Behringer, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to the formation of the mammalian body plan, the genesis of tissues and organs during embryogenesis and the pathology of developmental defects.

 
Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University

We use a combination of genetics, live cell imaging and large-scale transcriptional approaches to understand the interplay of asymmetric cell divisions, cell-cell communication and environmental inputs in the generation of cell fate and pattern in the plant epidermis.

 
Helen Blau, Stanford University School of Medicine

Internationally known for establishing the plasticity of the differentiated state. Dr. Blau's elegant heterokaryon experiments proved that silent muscle genes could be activated in diverse specialized adult cells. Recently she showed that adult bone-marrow-derived stem cells are similarly plastic. Her innovative approaches have profoundly impacted biology and medicine.

 
Nadean L. Brown, University of California School of Medicine, Davis

The Brown lab wishes to understand the molecular mechanisms and genetic pathways regulating mammalian lens and retina development. 

 
Robert H. Broyles, Sickle Cell Cure Foundation

Our research is on gene regulation, mainly as it pertains to developmental hemoglobin (Hb) switching. We have discovered that an iron-binding protein, ferritin heavy chain (FtH) has a nuclear form that represses the adult-expressed beta-globin gene and activates the embryonically/fetally-expressed gamma-globin gene in human erythroid cells. Reversing the fetal-to-adult Hb switch in children and adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) or beta-thalassemia is know to provide a phenotypic cure of these genetic diseases while also making the red blood cells resistant to malaria infection.

 
Sue Bryant, University of California, Irvine

studies pattern formation in regenerating and developing vertebrate limbs.

 
Rebecca Burdine, Princeton University

We are interested in organ morphogenesis and patterning.  We are specifically focused on left-right patterning and the role of Nodal signaling in this process.  Additionally we are interested in understanding how cilia function in development, both in left-right patterning and in kidney cyst formation.

 
Susan Chapman, Clemson University

Research interests include middle ear induction and patterning, the role of Fgfs in inner ear patterning and tail organiser function in avians.

 
Ping Chen, Emory University

works on morphogenesis of the auditory sensory organ. The main focus is cellular patterning and polarization during development.

 
Ben Cheyette, University of California, San Francisco

studies signaling in mouse neural development and behavior, focusing on novel Dvl-interacting genes.

 
Sarah Childs, University of Calgary

Development of the cardiovascular system of zebrafish, with a particluar interest in angiogenesis and vascular integrity

 
Ajay Chitnis, NICHD NIH

The Chitnis lab studies how interactions between cells during early development lead to the self-organization of a functional nervous system in zebrafish. The laboratory uses a combination of cellular, molecular and genetic tools to identify genetic regulatory networks that direct early development in the nervous system. We also build computational models to understand how interactions identified through biological experiments lead to the emergence of patterned development. Current projects are directed toward understanding the genetic regulatory networks that coordinate cell fate and morphogenesis during development of the zebrafish hindbrain and the lateral line system.

 
Wilson K. Clements, St Jude Children's Research Hospital

The Clements laboratory uses zebrafish to investigate two major questions:  What are the molecular and cellular components of the developmental specification niche for hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs)?  How are normal signaling pathways co-opted during malignant transformation to induce cellular proliferation and migration—desirable processes when building an organism that can cause disease when activated in adult life?

 
James A. Coffman, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Our research on sea urchin embryogenesis seeks to define genomic and cell physiological regulatory systems that control cell proliferation, differentiation, and the developmental specification of cell fate.

 
Gage Crump, University of Southern California

We use genetics and time-lapse imaging in zebrafish to study the three-dimensional patterning of the vertebrate head skeleton. In addition, we are interested in the origins of the skeletogenic neural crest and their role in tissue regeneration.

 
Yolanda Cruz, Oberlin College

We study cell lineage specification and embry-maternal signaling in the laboratory opossum, /Mondelphis domestica/.

 
Diana Darnell, University of Arizona

manages the GEISHA database (Gallus Expression In Situ Hybridization Analysis) with PI Parker Antin. The goal is to provide a comprehensive collection of embryonic chick gene expression images and associated metadata.