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Kelsey Dancause

Université Aix-Marseille
UMR 6540 rue de la batterie des lions
Marseille, PACA 13009


Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Sectioning for Electron Microscopy, Epifluoresence Microscopy, Time-Lapse Microscopy
Research Description: aims of our researches: studying sponges (Porifera Homoscleromorpha) in order to- via a comparative approach- explore the ancestral metazoan molecular tool kit that predated the emergence of key morpho-anatomical innovations. We especially focus on three main questions: the emergence of a neurosensory system; the emergence of epithelia; the characterization of sponge stem cells and the emergence of distinct germinal and somatic stem cell lineages. As directly linked with the previously cited thematics we pay particular attention to the study of two major signaling pathways: Notch and Wnt.
Lab Web Page: http://www.com.univ-mrs.fr/DIMAR/accueil.htm
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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