An NSF award by the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation supports work designed to address a fundamental question of developmental biology: what controls the spatial and temporal patterns of cell differentiation?
A research team led by Stanislav Y. Shvartsman, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has discovered that competition for the important enzyme mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) by different proteins provides a mechanism to integrate different signals that direct early embryonic development.
Stanislav Shvartsman, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has received a three-year Program Research Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), on "Multiscale Mechanisms of Epithelial Patterning and Morphogenesis: Theory and Experiments".
The Shvartsman lab studies mechanical properties of developing tissues. The image shows a developing Drosophila egg, which is surrounded by a simple columnar epithelium. The layer is composed of two kinds of cells - normal (with green nuclei) and mutant. Such heterogeneities, which can be robustly generated using techniques of Drosophila genetics, can be used to systematically test the cellular and continuum mechanics descriptions of developing tissues.
Earlier this week, three faculty members and three graduate students form Chemical Engineering received commendations from the School of Engineering for outstanding teaching.
Stanislav Y. Shvartsman, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and a faculty of the Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton, has been awarded the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Stas Shvartsman, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, is the recipient of a 2004 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.