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Renata Freitas

Rua do Campo Alegre 823
Porto, Porto 4150-180

+351 226099157 ext.2405

Taxa Studied: Vertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Confocal Microscopy, Transgenesis, Morpholinos
Research Description: Renata Freitas research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for the evolution of animal design. She is also interested to explore how changes in those mechanisms lead to birth defects in humans. Most of her research was conducted under the paradigmatic question of how locomotory structures appeared and evolved in vertebrates. Pursuing this topic, she is currently studying developmental pathways associated with HoxD genes, which are transcription factors strongly involved in limb morphogenesis and patterning. These questions are being addressed using mainly zebrafish as model organism and combining functional genomics and developmental biology approaches.
Lab Web Page: http://https://www.ibmc.up.pt/node/4556
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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