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• Farewell and congratulations to Austen Barnett, who is now an Assistant Professor at DeSales University!

• Our collaborative paper with Prashant Sharma on the roles of spineless in appendage development and evolution is accepted for publication in Developmental Biology. PDF of uncorrected proof

Arpita's paper presenting a hypothesis on the convergent evolution of germ granule nucleators is accepted for publication in Stem Cell Research. PDF of uncorrected proof

• Farewell and congratulations to John Srouji, who leaves us to take up a Research Scientist position at Neon Therapeutics! As the longest-standing member of the lab, we'll miss you!

• Welcome to José Carranza, a visiting student supported by a fellowship from the Peruvian National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC).

• The Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) NSF Research Coordination Network is over! See the EDEN website for details on this program. You can still join the EDEN network if you wish to be alerted to future EDEN-related projects. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.

Welcome to the Extavour lab. We are a collection of developmental biologists, molecular biologists, geneticists, cell biologists, zoologists, and evolutionary biologists. Our shared interest is in the evolution of the genetic mechanisms employed during early animal embryogenesis to specify cell fate, development and differentiation. We focus primarily on the evolution and development of reproductive systems, including both the germ line and the somatic components of the gonad.


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