Jacqueline Moustakas

Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher

Jacqueline.Moustakas -at- helsinki.fi Publications Jackie

My research synthesizes ideas from evolutionary systematic biology and molecular and cellular biology to understand the evolution of development and morphology. In my developmental work to date, I have adopted a evolutionary approach using non-model organisms to ask how differences in the vertebrate body plan evolved.

I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston University, where I studied pathogen loads and nesting ecology in social insects. I also worked on avian molecular systematics and behavior.

I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where I examined the expression of regulatory genes in the development of postcranial skeletogenic mesenchyme in turtles and alligators to understand the homology of dermal bone and the evolution of key genetic networks. I was then a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, where I studied the developmental genetics of tooth formation in the opossum to better understand the evolution of the mammalian heterodont dentition.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in Jukka Jernvall's group at the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki and I am studying how the diversity in shape, size, and complexity is achieved in ectodermal appendages, specifically mammalian molars and the scutes of the turtle shell.

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