Developmental Genetics

Diane C. Slusarski

Diane C. Slusarski, Ph.D.

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Our research focuses on cell-cell signaling events that lead to intracellular calcium release. We integrate in vivo image analysis coupled with molecular-genetic tools to elucidate the role of calcium-dependent signaling networks critical in developmental processes such as body plan formation and...
Jeff C. Murray

Jeff C. Murray, M.D.

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Advances in molecular biology, epidemiology, quantitative analysis and developmental biology have made it possible to identify genes involved in common complex traits in humans. Our laboratory applies these tools to study birth defects and prematurity. One project includes strategies to identify and...
Wayne A. Johnson

Wayne A. Johnson, Ph.D.

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Somatosensory signaling is the process by which we become aware of external sensations such as touch, temperature or pain. Despite the importance of these sensory modalities to our everyday existence, we know relatively little about their molecular mechanisms. These sensations would appear to be...
Erin E. Irish

Erin E. Irish, Ph.D.

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Our lab is interested in the genetic and cellular mechanisms by which a plant develops its morphology. Plants have the ability to continue to initiate and differentiate new organs throughout their life. This is accomplished through the activity of meristems. An interesting paradox is that, despite...
Douglas W. Houston

Douglas W. Houston, Ph.D.

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My research is focused on one of the central problems in developmental biology: how a single-celled egg differentiates into an organism containing many different cell and tissue types. Because changes in the activity of genes controlling early development are known to cause human birth defects...
Albert J. Erives

Albert J. Erives, PhD

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Transcriptional enhancers are DNA sequences that specify inducible, spatiotemporal patterns of gene expression at most gene loci. Several complementary results from genomic studies have shown that the majority of functional sites in a genome correspond to transcriptional enhancer sequences, thus...
Robert A. Cornell

Robert A. Cornell, Ph.D.

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The neural crest, a transient population of multi-potent precursor cells exclusively found in vertebrate embryos, gives rise to neurons, glia, and melanocytes, among other cell types. The neural crest is thus an attractive model in which to explore universal cellular developmental events like fate...
Alex G. Bassuk

Alex G. Bassuk, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Alex Bassuk is a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, the Division Director of Child Neurology, and holds the Stead Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Bassuk is a member of the University of Iowa Graduate Programs in Genetics, Neuroscience, and Molecular Medicine, the Medical...