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Barbara Del Castello

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Ph.D Candidate
B.A. in Biology (2015) Eckerd College

My Research

My research pertains to the initial cell fate decisions that lead to the creation of the thymus and parathyroid. These two fundamentally different organs are derived from the same primordium: the third pharyngeal pouch (3rd pp). I am broadly interested in the molecular mechanisms that drive cell fate in these cells, with particular attention paid to the regulation of T box 1, an important transcription factor in the 3rd pp pathway.


  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Signalling
  • Gene Regulation and Networks
  • microRNAs
  • Diversity in STEM
  • Science Policy
  • Biosecurity
Of note:

February 2019
Received the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

Winter 2017/2018
Was featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine

Summer 2017
Internship with the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

April 2017
Received Graduate School Summer Research Travel Grant

Dissertation Chair

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