A major transition in animal evolution is the origin of bilateral symmetry, which coincided with the evolution of organized nervous systems. Animals with bilateral symmetry are known to prominently feature a complex brain with many different neural cell types located near the front of the animal's head. To understand the appearance of the brain and its diverse neurons studies of the nervous system in animals that diverged early from their ancestor lineage are needed.
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Ryan Hulett (Srivastava Lab) awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for his project titled, "Identifying genetic pathways and cellular sources for neural regeneration in adult animals"
The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the...
Fish locomotion is characterized by waves of muscle electrical activity that proceed from head to tail, and result in an undulatory pattern of body bending that generates thrust during locomotion. However, isolating and studying these movements in live fishes is difficult and scientists often use robotic models instead. Most robotic fish models are either passive, flapping models that are simple but don't actively swim, or active, hard models that actively swim but take forever to construct. PhD candidate ...
Trees typically experience mid-day water depressions due to water evaporating out of the plant's stomata (a tiny opening or pore in plant leaves that intakes carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis). To understand how the water stress influences carbon's movement from the leaves (where production begins) to the roots, trunk and shoots (where the water is needed), PhD candidate Jessica Gersony (Holbrook Lab) measured carbon and water traits of five mature red oak trees over the course of 24 hours at Harvard Forest.
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