Final blog post: Summary and future directions

This summer, I investigated the plasticity of the anterior-posterior axis in the developing nervous system of Xenopus laevis.  In order to research this topic, I performed transplant experiments on embryos while they were undergoing gastrulation, which consisted of removing and rotating an embryo’s anterior-posterior neural axis 180 degrees. I then observed the embryos as they […]

Blog post 3: What’s a double in situ?

The second part of my project dealt with the analysis of the frog embryos after a transplantation experiment. Beyond looking at the obvious physical appearance of the embryos (mentioned in my first post), I wanted to see how transplantation at different stages might affect the expression of several regional marker genes. These are genes that […]

Blog post 2: Society for Developmental Biology 74th Annual Meeting

In the middle of a summer full of lab work, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to present my research at the Society for Developmental Biology conference in July. This year was the 74th annual meeting, and it took place in Snowbird, Utah.  This was my first ever conference, and I was excited […]