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Name: Dr. Deirdre Lyons
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Description:
The fields of developmental genetics and evolutionary development have provided significant insights into how gene regulatory networks (GRNs) control fate specification, and how those networks vary between species. Yet, we still do not understand how GRNs launch specific cell biological behaviors; nor do we know how changes in cell biology have influenced body-plan divergence. To address these gaps in our knowledge, the overarching goals in the Lyons lab are to: 1) make explicit connections between cellular behaviors and GRNs, and 2) use these data to explain how developmental processes evolve, particularly at the cellular level.  We work primarily with echinoderms and mollusks because these groups have unique advantages for studying the evolution of development and cell biology.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography
U.C. San Diego
8750 Biological Grade
La Jolla, CA
92037, USA

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Phone:  858-822-6579