Assistant Research Professor
Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Centers, Institutes, Other, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Developmental biology, segmentation of growing tissues, molecular genetics of Drosophila leg development.
Academic Interests and Plans
A fundamental process in the development of many organisms, including annelids, arthropods, and vertebrates, is segmentation. Segmentation serves to subdivide tissues into a series of repeating building blocks along either the body axis, or in some cases, the appendage axis, whereupon each basic unit can then be further elaborated upon during development. In most cases of segmentation, the subdivision of a tissue into repeating units must occur repeatedly as the tissue grows in size. The molecular mechanisms involved in generating a repeating segmental pattern in growing tissues are not well understood.