Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences
- Molecular Genetics
- Cell migration
- Cell polarity
- Embryonic Development
- Neuronal development
- BS, Medgar Evers College, CUNY
- PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
Our lab is interested in performing research that helps to improve our understanding of cell migration. The process of cell migration is vital to the development and maintenance of multicellular organisms. In fact, abnormal cell migration has been linked to numerous diseases. For example, individual and collective cell migration mechanisms are altered in cancer cells. Defective cell migration has also been linked to improper neuronal development contributing to the occurrence of numerous neurodegenerative diseases. There are numerous therapeutics that target genes involved in cell migration. Our lab mostly uses genetics, cellular and molecular biology tools to identify genes functioning in cell migration and clarify their role in different pathways. Our research takes advantage of the powerful model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans, to help shed light on this important biological process.
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