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David Lambert

University of Rochester
Hutchison Hall
River Campus
Rochester, NY 14627

585 273 2482

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals, Ilyanassa obsoleta
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Epifluoresence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Time-Lapse Microscopy, Morpholinos
Research Description: We are interested in understanding the evolution of early embryonic development in animals. We are focusing on Spiralian development, a broadly conserved mode of early embryogenesis that is still poorly understood at a molecular level. We are studying the roles of basic cellular behaviors in embryonic patterning, especially in the context of RNA localization and asymmetric cell division. At the same time, we examine how the structures of developmental and cellular processes influence patterns of evolutionary change. We address these questions using the embryos of the snail Ilyanassa, which have particular advantages for the study of gene function, RNA localization, asymmetric cell division and the evolution of early embryonic patterning.
Lab Web Page: http://www.rochester.edu/College/BIO/labs/LambertLab/index.html
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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