BASS Seminar - Ricardo Mallarino

The molecular basis of evolutionary innovations: patterning mechanisms in mammalian skin

Ricardo Mallarino
Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University

Our lab is interested in uncovering the molecular mechanisms by which form and structure are generated during vertebrate development and understand how these processes are modified across evolutionary time to produce phenotypic variation. We combine the study of emerging model organisms, because of their diverse, naturally occurring and ecologically relevant phenotypes, with traditional model species, because of the powerful molecular and genetic tools available, to explore questions relating to patterning and the evolution of novelty in mammalian skin. I will describe how we are using the African striped mouse as a model system to understand formation and evolution of mammalian stripes. In addition, I’ll discuss how we are currently starting to use additional model systems to gain mechanistic insights into the ways in which phenotypic novelty evolves. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

McCreary Hall 115 Bowen Auditorium

Biology Department
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