Dr Wilson's research interests focuses on the following themes:
Evolution of developmental pathways in vertebrates. Many developmental pathways are conserved across phyla and it is changes to the timing and location of expression that lead to changes in morphology or generation of lineage-specific traits. This involves the use of comparative vertebrate models to investigate how essential developmental pathways or networks such as sex determination and axis patterning are can evolve.
Mammalian Developmental Biology. Dr Wilson is interested in using the lastest technologies to determine the transcriptional networks that underly the differentiation of specialized cell types during embryonic development and how errors in these pathways lead to developmental abnormalies.
Megan teaches in GENE 411 Current Topics in Genetics.
Wilson MJ, Dearden PK. (2009) Tailless patterning functions are conserved in the honeybee even in the absence of Torso signaling.Dev Biol. 2009 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print]