Jennifer Curtiss

Associate Department Head & Associate Professor: Biology Department | (575) 646-5611


Research Area: Biology

During development, the cells of a multicellular organism differentiate into thousands of distinct cell types. Remarkably, both selector genes and signaling genes are well conserved in all metazoans. In the Drosophila head the eye and antenna develop right next to one another. One focus in the lab is to understand how the eye and antennal selector genes are controlled. We are using genetics and histological techniques to find out what these signaling genes are and how they work. I welcome students who are interested in how an eye gets made, and how different cell types become different from one another. We will work together to design a project that utilizes both genetic and molecular techniques to address current and relevant questions about cell specification.

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