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Characterization of the mechanisms underlying age-related functional and morphological changes in the vasculature of the invertebrate chordate Botryllus schlosseri.
Elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind stem cell competition in Botryllus schlosseri to gain insight into the processes of development and creation of a cancerized field.
Researching the mechanism of whole body regeneration in the animal Botryllus schlosseri.
Explore the trade offs that dictate life history strategies under varying environmental conditions and how they underlie the molecular mechanisms that affect regeneration and aging.
I am interested in investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying self/non-self recognition in Botryllus schlosseri utilizing tissue culture models to recombinant proteins.