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Lab ImageUrs Schmidt-Ott

University of Chicago
Dept. of Organismal Biology & Anatomy
920 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

773 834 9798

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, Confocal Microscopy, RNA interference(RNAi)
Research Description: We seek to reconstruct the molecular and morphological diversification of embryonic development in the insect order Diptera (true flies). Our goals are (1) to reveal genetic mechanisms of evolutionary change, (2) to better understand the embryonic development of fly species that are important to human health, and (3) to contribute to a unified picture of insect development. Current research focuses on the molecular basis of early development in culicomorphan mosquitoes and lower cyclorrhaphan flies to understand the evolution of differences in axis specification and morphogenesis between the genetic model organism Drosophila and 'lower' dipterans.
Lab Web Page: http://schmidt-ottlab.uchicago.edu/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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