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Research interests

I am a developmental biologist interested in the complex processes that control the intricate development of the craniofacial skeleton. My work has focused on neural crest cells, a magnificent, multipotent cell population that gives rise to the majority of the craniofacial skeleton during embryogenesis. I have used mouse and zebrafish models to study the pathophysiology of human craniofacial disorders and I have recently discovered a novel role for the transcription factor Ronin in craniofacial development and ribosome biogenesis. I am currently interested in using molecular biology, histology, and genetic approaches to better understand the transcriptional regulation of neural crest cells and their subsequent differentiation into facial bone and cartilage.

Education/Academic qualification

Research Associate, Baylor College of Medicine


Postdoctoral Fellow, Stowers Institute for Biomedical Research


PhD, New York University School of Medicine


Master, New York University School of Medicine


Bachelor, University of Massachusetts. Amherst, University of Massachusetts. Amherst



  • Q Science (General)
  • Developmental Biology
  • Embryology
  • Neural crest
  • Craniofacial Development


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