Assistant Professor of Biology
Postdoc. National Institutes of Health, NICHD, Lab of Molecular Genetics 1993-97
Ph.D. University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1993
B.S. Midwestern State University, 1988
Joined University in: 2003
Genetics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, General Zoology, Anatomy & Physiology, Principles of Biology
My research interests are in the areas of embryonic patterning and cell signaling, specifically the regulation of cell adhesion during early embryo pattern formation. My laboratory uses the frog Xenopus laevis as a developmental system to study the function of two members of the Eph receptor tyrosine kinase family, EphA4 (pag) and EphB3 (TCK).Work on EphA4 is focused on determining how this receptor mediates a loss of cell adhesion upon stimulation by ligand. Our study of EphB3 is focused on generating transgenic frogs using engineered forms of EphB3 driven by homologous and heterologous regulatory elements.