Craig received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2001 where he worked with Dr. Charles Kimmel on the developmental genetic basis of craniofacial development in zebrafish. For postdoctoral studies, Craig moved to Stanford University where he worked with Dr. David Kingsley on the quantitative genetic basis of skeletal and pigmentation evolution in threespine stickleback fish. In 2009, Craig started his lab in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at UC-Berkeley.
Tyler received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011 and 2017, respectively. In his undergraduate and graduate studies in the Medeiros Lab, he studied neural crest and head skeleton development and evolution, using lampreys and frogs as model systems. Now a postdoc in the Miller Lab at UC-Berkeley, he is focusing on pretty much the coolest component of the head skeleton: teeth. Specifically, he is working to understand how tooth regeneration is controlled, in order to address deeper questions regarding how the regenerative process is shared (or not) among other tissues and structures. Tyler is funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA from the NIH, for which he is very grateful. You can find him on researchgate!
Sophie discovered her passion for understanding the diversity of animal life during her undergraduate Zoology coursework at Connecticut College. After college, Sophie studied the genetic basis of pediatric leukemia in Dr. Mignon Loh’s lab at UCSF, highlighting the diverse and often tragic effects of mutations in developmental genes. This research experience prompted her to pursue a master’s at SF State, where she worked on Hox gene expression in the evolution of vertebrate body plan adornments.Her masters introduced her to two enduring obsessions: the amazing diversity of fishes and the field of evo-devo, which tackles the mystery of how diverse organisms are created from a shared toolkit of developmental genes (often the same genes involved in disease). In her PhD and postdoc, Sophie has pursued these mysteries using the diversity of stickleback fish, studying body armor evolution with Dr. Katie Peichel at the University of Washington, and now tooth number evolution with Dr. Craig Miller at UC Berkeley.
Naama graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a degree in MCB and a minor in education. In her undergraduate thesis work at the Whiteman lab, she studied the evolution of toxin resistance in milkweed butterflies using flies as a model system. As a technician in the Miller lab, she is continuing to explore her interest in developmental genetics and discovering a newfound love for fish!
Emily is a senior majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology at Cal. She is interested in the genetic basis of organ regeneration. In the Miller Lab, she is studying whether threespine stickleback fish teeth regenerate using the same genes previously shown to regulate mammalian hair regeneration.
Zoe is a senior studying MCB, with an emphasis in genetics, genomics and development. As a research apprentice in the Miller lab, she is studying the genetic basis of tooth field expansion and reduction in stickleback fish.
Alyssa is a senior studying MCB. In her work in the Miller lab, she is exploring her interest in vertebrate evolution and particularly the ways in which cis-regulatory mutations affect phenotype.
Sujanya is a junior studying MCB
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