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Jeffrey Gross
Associate Professor in Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology
Chair, Cell & Molecular Biology GSC

Email: jmgross@austin.utexas.edu
Website
Main Office: PAT 206
Phone: 471-1518

Alternate Office: PAT 208
Alt. Phone: 471-4414

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
C1000
Austin ,TX 78712-0195

Jeffrey Gross


Research Summary

Our research focuses on vertebrate eye development utilizing the zebrafish as a model system. Combining forward genetic screens with reverse genetic and embryological manipulations we hope to understand the molecular, cellular and developmental events that regulate eye formation and visual function. Current areas of interest in the lab include studies focusing on the development and maintenance of the lens, retina, hyaloid vasculature and retinal pigmented epithelium of the eye, and elucidation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate ocular morphogenesis. Our research combines molecular, cellular, biochemical, transgenic and in vivo imaging techniques to address these questions. It is our hope that these studies will ultimately lead to a better understanding of visual system disorders such as macular degeneration, cataracts and ocular colobomas that often result in blindness in afflicted patients. Finally, we also have an interest in evolution of the eye and have recently initiated studies of eye development in squid to address this topic.

 

 

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