I am broadly interested in evolutionary developmental mechanisms underlying the form and function of the musculoskeletal system. My dissertation research is specifically focused on understanding how tendons grow, and how evolution may have shaped the growth process to yield the variable tendon sizes observed among closely related taxa (e.g. humans and chimpanzees). Using tools from functional genomics and molecular biology, my work examines the transcriptomic changes that occur throughout the process of postnatal tendon growth in a mouse model, as well as how these expression changes are regulated by cis and trans acting factors.
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