Melissa LaBonty

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Melissa LaBonty
BS, Biological Sciences
Ohio University
Athens, OH
PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology
Pamela Yelick, PhD, Adviser

 

 

 

My work utilizes Zebrafish as a model to investigate the processes of cartilage development and mineralization. In particular, I am studying how the Type I TGFβ receptor, Alk8, modulates TGFβ and BMP signaling to promote cartilage and bone formation. I am using a heat shock induction system in Zebrafish to express variants of Alk8 that cause ectopic bone formation in order to determine the mechanism behind aberrant mineralization patterns.

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