My research interest is to understand at the cellular and molecular levels the co-dependency between cell populations and tissues. I use the african frog Xenopus laevis as a model system and focus on two embryonic cell populations, the neural crest and cranial placodes. These two cell populations give rise to most of the craniofacial structures and sensory organs of the head, and show co-dependency during their induction, development, and migration similar to the relation between cancer cells and stroma.
My lab is particularly interested in the role of proteins from the extracellular matrix in this context. My lab is also involved in creating new cellular tools for the Xenopus community. I have recently been awarded NIH funding for a period of two years.
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