Dr. Alicia Ebert, associate professor of biology and the undergraduate neuroscience program director at UVM, studies eye development in vertebrates. "As an organism develops from a single cell to highly structured tissues, cells are constantly being talked to by their neighbors and their environment," she explains. "During eye development cells are instructed where to migrate, when to divide, what type of neuron to become, and who they will connect with. What are these signaling molecules and what happens to the developing eye if they are disrupted?" Dr. Ebert will describe how eyes form and signaling molecules that are essential for different stages of eye development to proceed normally in her College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture "I Spy With My Little Eye: Molecular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Eye Development." The lecture is October 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Waterman's Memorial Lounge.
Ebert earned her Ph.D. in developmental neuroscience at Colorado State University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary. She is a developmental neuroscientist using zebrafish as a model organism to investigate how nervous tissue develops. She uses a combination of genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and imaging tools to uncover signaling pathways that regulate development of the vertebrate eye.
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