De Robertis Laboratory


People in the Team :

Principal investigator:

address :

University of California, Los Angeles

Dept. of Biological Chemistry, BSRB 310

615 Charles E. Young Drive South

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1737

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Lab Manager:

Post Doctoral Positions:

Undergraduate Students:

  • Alex Dayrit        
  • Grace Binder     


Main interest of the laboratory:

Molecular Biology of Vertebrate Gastrulation


During early vertebrate development, coordinated movements of

groups of cells lead to the formation of the three germ layers,

the ectoderm, the mesoderm and the endoderm. This process is called

gastrulation, and by the end of it the main regions of the embryo

– head, trunk and tail – become determined. Our work is aimed

at identifying the genetic mechanisms that direct the formation

of the body plan in frog or mouse embryos.


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Cell Biology & Genetics

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