DOREEN CUNNINGHAM - Research Professor
Ph.D - University of California, Berkeley
Doreen has a broad interest in evolution and development with focus on evolution of nervous systems. To address her research questions she is using the hemichordate Saccoglossus kowalevskii and the frog Xenopus laevis as model organisms.
JENS H. FRITZENWANKER - Research Professor
Ph.D - Sars Center for Molecular Marine Biology/ University of Bergen, Norway
My interests are in the evolution and development of body plans and the diversity thereof. My main focus lies on the evolution of early anterior posterior patterning of the bilaterian body axis with focus on the evolution of the bilaterian trunk. I am also interested in the evolution of nervous systems. To address my research questions I am currently using the hemichordates Saccoglossus kowalevskii as research model. For more information please visit my ResearchGate profile.
PABLO SILVA RODRIGUEZ - Graduate Student (Department of Biology)
I’m a guatemalan PhD student at Silva’s lab. I’m was a Fulbright fellow and I’m interested in the integration of developmental neurobiology, evolution and transcriptional regulation, trying to understand how developmental processes are regulated and if these are conserved among different taxa. Currently, I’m developing a zebrafish knockout of Sox21 using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to determine if the phenotype resembles those observed in mammals. Additionally, I’d like to determine if the role of Sox21 is conserved among fish and frogs (Xenopus laevis).