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Geraldine Seydoux - Professor
Molecular Biology & Genetics
725 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
|Molecular Genetics of Embryonic Polarity and Germ Cell Development|
Our lab studies the earliest stages of embryogenesis to understand how single-celled eggs develop into complex multicellular embryos. We focus on the choice between soma and germline, one of the first developmental decisions faced by embryos. Our goal is to identify and characterize the molecular mechanisms that activate embryonic development, polarize embryos, and distinguish between somatic and germline cells. We use genetic, molecular and biochemical techniques and use the Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system. We are also developing methods for scalable and seamless genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in C. elegans.
Paix, A. , Wang, Y. Lee, CY S., Calidas, D., Lu, T. Smith, J., Schmidt, H., Seydoux, G.
(2014) A scalable method for seamless genome editing by homology-directed repair of Cas9-induced cuts. Genetics, Vol. 198, 1–10 December 2014. doi: 10.1534/genetics.114.170423PubMed Reference
Griffin E , Odde D and Seydoux G
. Regulation of the MEX-5 gradient by a spatially-segregated kinase-phosphatase cycle (2011). Cell, 16;146(6):955-68.
Motegi F, Zonies S, Hao Y, Cuenca A , Griffin E, Seydoux G
. (2011). Microtubules induce self-organization of polarized PAR domains in C. elegans zygotes. Nature Cell Biology, 13(11):1361-7.PubMed Reference
Gallo C, Wang J, Motegi F, Seydoux,G
. (2010). Cytoplasmic partitioning of P granule components is not required to specify the germline in C. elegans. Science, 17;330(6011):1685-9.PubMed Reference
|Graduate Program Affiliations||Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology (BCMB)|
Human Genetics and Molecular Biology