The Developmental Basis of Biological Diversity

  • 1 December 2022
    4:00 PM
  • University Campus Bohunice (pavilion B11/ seminar room 132)

Lecture will be held in English


Dr. Ricardo Mallarino,

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology (Princeton University)

The Mallarino lab is broadly interested in addressing two questions:

(1) what are the genetic and developmental mechanisms by which form and structure are regulated during vertebrate embryogenesis?

(2) how are these processes modified during evolutionary time to produce the spectacular phenotypic diversity seen in nature?

We combine the study of non-traditional model organisms, because of their diverse and ecologically relevant phenotypes, with traditional model species, because of the powerful molecular and genetic tools available, to explore questions relating to patterning and evolution of novelty in the mammalian skin. The skin is a powerful model because it exhibits remarkable diversity in form and structure across mammals, is experimentally accessible/tractable, and the molecular mechanisms underlying its formation have been well characterized. We use a variety of approaches, including experimental embryology, genetics, genomics, imaging, and mathematical modelling to uncover gene function and understand mechanisms of evolutionary change. The lab is currently focusing on two model systems: striped rodents and gliding mammals.

About the lecture

"The Developmental Basis of Biological Diversity"



Registration for lunch with the speaker /for Ph.D. students/

The sponsored lunch usually takes place in the Campus River restaurant. Please meet the speaker and other students at 12:45 at the reception desk at the main entrance (building B22, see the map below).

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