Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known – Carl Sagan
We are a small academic research lab in the Biology department at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our lab is located in the Physical Life Sciences Building (PLSB) alongside a number of other academic labs whose research mission is geared toward better understanding fundamental principles governing animal development, from the single-cell zygote to formation of mature adults, with complex organs functioning to maintain homeostasis. We are scientists-in-training (undergraduate and graduate students) and research scientists (PhDs) working together, side by side, to tackle BIG QUESTIONS in the field of developmental and regenerative biology. In particular, we are interested in how neural stem cells divide to generate such an immense diversity of neuron types during development and are interested in understanding how environmental factors impact neuron production and diversity. It is our hope that results from our research will provide new insight into methods to restore and replace neural tissue damaged by disease or injury.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal – Martin Luther King Jr.
We firmly believe that anyone and everyone has something important to contribute to science, society, and beyond and that anyone and everyone can make meaningful contributions. We are anti-racist and we work actively to make our work place and Biology community more equitable, inclusive, and supportive. We listen to and encourage each other both professionally and personally and strive to be better friends and colleagues. We recognize and appreciate our differences and strive to remain open-minded and willing to learn from each other. We believe that words do matter and that kind words are priceless.