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Developmental genetic research at Genetics Otago

Genes control the way an organism is built from the egg and embryo. Genetics Otago researchers study genes and development in both vertebrates and invertebrates.

Our animal developmental studies focus on the roles of chromatin in development, neuronal pathfinding and brain development, regeneration, the roles of pax genes in health and disease and evolution and development.

We study development in a number of animal models, including:

  • Aphids
  • Bees
  • Flies
  • Mice
  • Rofifers
  • Xenopus
  • Zebrafish

Our researchers also work identifying genes associated with human developmental disease, and on epigenetics and human biology.

Plant development is also a major part of Genetics Otago research. The genetics of flowering time in various plants is studied using both classical and cutting-edge genetics techniques.

We also study the roles of epigenetics and imprinting in plants, using high throughput sequencing, microarrays, and laser capture microscopy.