Lisa Nagy - Professor
We are interested in exploring the genetic basis of morphological diversity. To do this, we ask how developmental regulatory networks known to pattern a particular aspect of morphology in one organism are modified in other related organisms. At the moment, the focus of the lab is on the evolution of arthropod body plans and appendages and axial patterning in molluscs and other lophotrochozoan phyla. Other areas of interest include the molecular evolution of the HOX clusters, modeling developmental pathways, the developmental mechanisms underlying phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of life history strategies.