Characterization of Genes Controlling Organ Size
My lab uses the fruit fly Drosophila as a model to discover novel genes and pathways that regulate organ size in development. Our research has led to the discovery of signaling pathways that play conserved roles in the growth of mammalian organs. In this project, students will conduct genetic screens to isolate growth control genes in Drosophila, and carry out functional studies of these genes using a variety of experimental models. Students will gain experience with genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. These positions offer exciting opportunities to join a research team working in the areas of developmental biology, cell signaling, and cancer biology.