-Histology and Embryology
For: DDS Students, DH Students
(Course Director, Lecturer)
-Evolution of notochord genes and regulatory regions
For: Master Students at NYUCD
Ph.D. Students in the NYU Medical School Developmental Genetics Program
For: DARE/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.
Our Undergraduate students:
Todd Regnier, Gateway to the Laboratory Program, Summer 2004, Summer 2005
Gary Esses, Cornell University, Summer 2006
Erin O’Connor, Gateway to the Laboratory Program, Summer 2007
Alexandra Szulc, Cornell Univ., Summer 2007, Summer 2008
Irina Pyatigorskaya, Hunter College, 09/2007 – 09/2009
Yusuff Abdu, University of Connecticut, Summer 2012 Elen Gusman, honors thesis at Hunter College, 06/2012 – 09/2013
Slavena Salve Nissan, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 12/2012 – 05/2014
Sahana Somasegar, Cornell Univ., Summer 2013 Victoria Simonne Humphrey, Traveler's Summer Research program, 2013
Gretchen Neymar Marrero Lozada, University of Puerto Rico, Summer 2013
Stella Chin, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 10/2013 – 05/2014
Lisa Torre, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 04/2015 – 06/2016
Cindy Chou, Honors thesis at Barnard College, Columbia University, 04/2015 – 06/2016
Cara Chow, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 04/2015 – 06/2016
Riley Figueroa, Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) 06/07-07/28/2021 (remote, due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
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.