Seminars and Events

VIRTUAL SEMINAR with Matthew Harris, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, “The New Bestiary: Systematic Genetic and Genomic Analysis Revealing Mechanisms of Skeletogenesis and Evolution"

Monday, October 12, 2020, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Matthew Harris webMatthew Harris, Ph.D.

Department of Genetics
Harvard Medical School

Hosted by Tetsuya Nakamura, 848-445-7191, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Noon, Monday October 12, 2020
Zoom Meeting Link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsf-yspjopE9ACPnfI17ab_gg6pEqPLwdj
Meeting ID: 961 8548 1394
Passcode: genetics

“The New Bestiary: Systematic Genetic and Genomic Analysis Revealing Mechanisms of Sskeletogenesis and Evolution"

‘But monsters are restless things. Not only have they moved outward; they have also burrowed into our viscera, into our cells, into those ambivalent spaces within the human frame”

Natalie Lawren, 2018 https://aeon.co

My lab has been interested in the developmental basis of form and role of development in constraining as well as potentiating morphological diversity in evolution. We have taken a unbiased forward genetic as well as forward genomic approach in trying to understand fundamental principles guiding form. Recent findings from these approaches detail hidden capacity for the formation of skeletal diversity among teleost fishes, forming structures thought to be only found in distantly related land-dwelling relatives and within deep evolutionary time. The search for genetic regulation of such ‘monsters’ is revealing the potential of development to modulate form and hallmark morphologies defining for land dwelling vertebrates.