Biology of Vertebrate Metamorphosis [F-14-12]
|Location:||SUNY: Maxcy 104|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Fri 10:00 AM 09/26|
Metamorphosis of a tadpole into a frog is accompanied by diverse developmental changes, such as death and resorption of the tail and gills, growth and development of the limbs and lungs, and remodeling of all other organs. Remarkably, all of these different processes are mediated by one molecule, thyroid hormone. In this presentation we will explore why metamorphosis occurs, and how it takes place.
Alex Schreiber is an endocrinologist (someone who works with hormones and other chemical messengers). He has been studying the biology of metamorphosis in both fish and frogs for over 20 years. He was a researcher at Johns Hopkins University for 10 years, and is now an Associate Professor of Biology at SLU.