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de-Leon Lab

Research Interests

regulatory genes control, functional organization of body plan, evolutionary changes, animal morphol

Research Area

We aim to decipher how the genomic program for development is encoded in the DNA, how it is executed during development and what enables it to resist genetic and environmental changes. We study sea urchin and other echinoderm species that have major experimental advantages that enable us to investigate the regulation of developmental process starting from fertilization. Our research has strong implications to the understanding of cell fate specification and differentiation as well as dedifferentiation processes that occur during genetic diseases, like cancer.

Current Members

de-Leon, Smadar Ben-Tabou (Principal Investigator/Director)
Tabachnik, Aleksei Konstantinovich (Principal Investigator/Director)
Tewari, Prashant (Graduate Student) Contact
Goloe, Daniel (Graduate Student) Contact



Institution: Leon H. Charney School of Marine Science


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General/Lab Fax: 972 4 8288267