Summer Intern, The Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)
BS in Biology, The City College of New York
The vertebrate retina is a well-defined phylogenetically conserved structure composed of seven major cell classes and over 60 morphologically and physiologically distinct neuronal and glial cell types. These cells originate during development from a population of dividing, multipotent progenitor cells, and each of these cells generates specific neuronal cell types with unique gene expression patterns. Cis-regulatory modules (CRMs) have long been known to play a role in gene regulation, but I am particularly interested in using these elements as tools for imaging, gene misexpression, lineage tracing, and gene expression studies.
Specifically, I am interested in how CRMs can be used identify the gene regulatory networks that function to generate neuronal diversity in the vertebrate retina. In addition to this, I am also interested in how decisions of cell fate are closely linked with the morphological and physiological changes that drive retinal cell types to project their axons in the proper direction and to synapse to their appropriate targets.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies 'n Cream
Which historical figure would you like to have dinner with, and what would you ask?
Ramon Y Cajal: "Can you teach me how to draw?"