Guest speaker to give biology talk Oct. 6

Jennifer Guzman, assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will give a special talk for the Department of Biology Friday, Oct. 6. All are welcome to attend.

Guzman’s talk, “Building the Vertebrate Brain,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bear Auditorium, Farr Hall 130.

Guzman’s laboratory applies genetic, developmental, molecular, and cell biological approaches to study brain morphogenesis and myh9-related disease in the developing embryo using zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model system.

Embryonic brain shape is highly conserved across vertebrate species indicating the unique and essential requirement of a shape-function relationship in early brain development. After neural tube formation and specification of different brain regions, the developing vertebrate brain bends multiple times to subdivide regions and pack itself into the skull. Abnormal brain shape is associated with birth defects including neural tube defects and hydrocephalus, and changes in cell shape are the basis for the process of embryonic morphogenesis. Her lab investigates the molecular mechanisms that regulate specific cell shape changes during the formation of the midbrain-hindbrain boundary.


Related Posts

Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC

An MLK Day message from our Interim President

Dear Ripon College community: Today marks the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a time when our nation remembers the life […]

Play rehearsal

Ripon College presents theatre production ‘Everybody’

“Everybody,” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a modern adaptation of the classic play “Everyman,” will be presented Dec. 8 to 11 in Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center […]

Steve Bellin-Oka

Ripon’s poet-in-residence will read at celebration event Saturday

Steve Bellin-Oka, Ripon College’s first poet-in-residence, will be one of the readers at Saturday’s Wisconsin’s Own Library Open House held at Ripon. All are welcome […]

Margaret “Peggy” Rozga, left, and Steve Bellin-Oka

Wisconsin’s Own Library, poetry readings featured Nov. 13 at Ripon College

Wisconsin’s Own Library Open House will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Ripon College. The event is sponsored by the General Federation […]