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This is a study of regulatory molecules crucial for the development of C. elegans cells during morphogenesis. Research may be related in the future to the study of cancer.
Research in the Chrisholm lab focuses on tissue differentiation. The point is to investigate the processes that occurr while cells remodel their shape to acquire a new role in the body. That means understanding genetic regulators responsible for transcription.
The Chu Group investigates reasons for male infertility. Proteins that build up sperm chromatin may be important in this phenomenon and therefore researchers use molecular approach to study this process.
This website presents study of genetic basics for animal development and behavior. That means scrutinizing genes important for development and identifying anatomical foci of these genes.
The Lithgow lab focuses on the phenomenon of ageing using the worm. That involves finding aging genes and investigating factors that accelerate or inhibit ageing, such as antioxidants, hormones, DNA damages etc.
The aim of of the lab is to study sex determination and sexual differentiation. Since C. elegans can be either a hermaphrodite or male it provides a great opportunity for the Spence group to investigate the genetics underlying this process.
In this lab genetics is used to research cell development - differentiation, specialization and factors that trigger specific cell patterns. Additionally, the Sternberg group investigates mating behavior in order to identify genes responsible for neuronal functions.
Germline and embryo development in C. elegans.
One goal of Ambros research is to understand more about the genetic and molecular mechanisms that control C. elegans development. This is done by analyzing genes that affect the timing of the larval stages. Currently the special interest is small RNAs (microRNAs).
This website presents developmental biology in context of embryonic induction: what processes need to occur so that a simple cell becomes specialized and what factors determine its fate.
The Ward Lab is a great resource for information about genetics, genomics and genes. It includes links to other labs and websites. The ongoing research is on sperm development and maturation.