In-Class Teaching

-Histology and Embryology

For: DDS Students, DH Students

(Course Director, Lecturer)

-Developmental Biology

-Evolution of notochord genes and regulatory regions

For: Master Students at NYUCD 

Ph.D. Students in the NYU Medical School Developmental Genetics Program

In-Lab Teaching

For: Honors in Research Program for DDS Students --

Our Students learn molecular biology techniques, generate transgenic Ciona embryos, follow their development, test hypotheses on the function of notochord genes and regulatory regions, present posters and... have fun (see Random Stuff page) :)


At Weill Cornell Medicine, our lab participated in the 'Gateway to the Laboratory' Program, which is designed to increase the diversity of students who are undertaking dual degree (MD-PhD) training and provides the students with the opportunity and incentive to explore careers in research and medicine while being hosted in a lab for a 10-week period during the summer. 

At NYUCD, we have hosted undergraduate students from other Colleges in New York for their research projects and Honors theses, as well as research volunteers for their pre-med and pre-dental training.

Ciona embryos are translucent, easy to generate and to culture, and develop quickly. At the temperature of 20C, a Ciona embryo goes from a zygote to a ~2,400-cell swimming tadpole within about 2 days! These embryos are ideally suited for short-term research projects, such as rotations or summer projects, as well as for more complex research goals.

Time-lapse video of muscle development

in Ciona embryos.

Passamaneck et al., 2007 

(C) Di Gregorio Lab

Time-lapse video of notochord development

in Ciona embryos.

Rhee et al., 2005  (C) Di Gregorio Lab

9th International Tunicate Meeting on the Biology of Ascidians

Together with the Christiaen Lab, our Lab has co-organized and co-sponsored the 9th ITM, held in New York in July 2017. The meeting was attended by over 150 researchers from all over the world.  

Tunicate Meeting Group Photo.jpg