B.S. in Biological Sciences with Chemistry and Italian minors from the University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA
My research investigates the genes that drive convergent evolution in hindlimb length between different species of anole lizards. Through comparative analysis, my lab identified hindlimb enhancer B (HLEB) as a candidate for the differences in hindlimb length. Short-limbed anole species often have mutations in this cis-regulatory element while long-limbed species have the more ancestral version. I will use CRISPR-Cas9 mutagenesis to disrupt the HLEB gene in the long-limbed Anolis sagrei to determine whether the mutants recapitulate short-limbed phenotypes and behaviors.