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National Science FoundationIntegrative Developmental Biology at ETSU

Individual Research Projects:  #2
    Developmental Neurobiology

  1. Developmental cell biology of sensory systems, Dr. Dennis M. Defoe  

    Deletion of one cell cycle regulatory protein, the cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor p27Kip 1, has profound, but distinct, effects on development of the  retina and taste buds. Projects involve comparison of effects of different mutations within the p27 gene using strains of “knockin” and “knockout” mice.

Dr. Dennis Defoe
  1. Developmental expression of cell cycle regulators,  Dr. Theresa A. Harrison  

    Projects will examine possible expression of known cell cycle regulatory proteins in taste buds and retinal pigment epithelium during development, and define their temporal and spatial patterns of up- or down-regulation.

Dr. Terry Harrison

Taste cells (green) clustered within individual taste buds in a 20 Ám thick section from the circumvallate papilla of the mouse tongue.

  1. Developmental biology of cardiac neurons and nerve fibers, Dr. Donald Hoover  

    The major goals of this research project are to:

    1. chronicle key events in the development of cholinergic para-sympathetic innervation of the mouse heart and
    2. determine the role of neurotrophic factors in controlling these events.

Dr. Don Hoover

If you should have questions, please contact: Dr. Rebecca Pyles (pylesr@etsu.edu, 423-439-6077) OR Dr. James Stewart (stewarjr@etsu.edu, 423-439-6927).

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Individual Research Projects Projects #1 -
Embryonic Nutrition
Projects #2 -
Developmental Neurobiology

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