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Scott Santagata

C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548


Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals, Vertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Sectioning for Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Epifluoresence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Time-Lapse Microscopy
Research Description: Overall, I consider myself an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in the development, evolution, and ecology of aquatic invertebrates. Some of my research focuses on marine invertebrate larvae because their diverse forms serve as unique models for understanding the evolutionary and ecological relationships among multicellular animals. I am especially interested in morphological and developmental studies on phyla with enigmatic evolutionary origins such as phoronids, brachiopods, and bryozoans. These phyla are intriguing due to their extraordinarily divergent morphological traits as compared to other related lophotrochozoan phyla such as annelids and mollusks. Publications resulting from this work have covered a variety of topics such as reproductive biology, neuromuscular anatomy, biogeography, phylogeny, and metamorphosis. Currently, my laboratory is studying the expression of evolutionarily conserved transcription factors involved in the development of the nervous system of invertebrate animals.
Lab Web Page: http://sites.google.com/site/scottsantagata/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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