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Mentor: Lucy O’Brien, Molecular & Cellular Physiology
The O’Brien lab studies how stem cells maintain homeostasis in adult tissues using the Drosophila midgut as a model. Andrew will be using novel molecular biology techniques to study how the rates of stem cell and progenitor cell terminal differentiation differ under various environmental conditions and genetic backgrounds. This research aims to elucidate how cells control their individual differentiation rates in an effort to maintain tissue homeostasis on a whole-organ level.