Animal early embryogenesis, from egg fertilization to about 4,092 cells (12 rounds of cell divisions post-fertilization) which includes cell proliferation and differentiation, is governed by complex and dynamic gene expression and allele-specific gene regulation. We use several marine invertebrates and fish species, including Pacific purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) and Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes), as model organisms to better understand mechanisms of gene regulation during early embryogenesis and conservation of such processes between evolutionary distant and more closely related species.

*For more about this project, contact goran@bozinstitute.org


Zuying Feng

Goran Bozinovic