My area of research interest lies at the intersection of genetics and developmental biology.  Currently, I am researching the role of the cytoskeleton during normal organismal development and abnormal cell death in disease.  I currently focus on the epidermis, or outermost skin layer.  However, I am intrigued by other tissues as well, such as the development and maintenance of the intestine and gonads.  I use the microscopic, non-parasitic roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans as my model of choice, given its relatively simple genetics, ease of handling, and its optical transparency. 

Above all else, I love a beautiful image, and C. elegans really lets us use microscopy to its fullest.  Students interested in embryonic or postnatal development, classic genetic techniques, or microscopy would be a great fit.

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