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Chun-che Chang

Laboratory for Genetics and Development, National Taiwan University
Department of Entomology/Institute of Biotechnology
27, Lane 113, Roosevelt Road, Sec. 4,
Taipei, Taipei 106


Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Confocal Microscopy, RNA interference(RNAi), Morpholinos
Research Description: The Laboratory for Genetics and Development at the National Taiwan University (LGD@NTU) was established in April 2004 in the Department of Entomology NTU. It is the first laboratory studying embryonic development in the Department and perhaps the first lab focusing on developmental diversity in Taiwan. The LGD@NTU is led by Dr. Chun-che Chang, a scientist who was initiated his interest on developmental biology by Professor Michael Akam at the University of Cambridge. Members in the LGD@NTU work on embryogenesis in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, a rising model organism for genomics studies. In the past few years we have established developmental and molecular platforms for studying aphid development. In particular, we have found how germ cells are specified and how they are migrating during embryogenesis in the parthenogenetic pea aphid. Recently we extended our research to the axis determination and discovered that anterior specification may occur during oogenesis. Current projects include egg polarity, development of germline stem cells, germline specification, early patterning and organogenesis in both asexual and sexual pea aphids.
Lab Web Page: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~chunche/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: NO
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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