Nicole King

Nicole King

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, and Development*
*And Affiliate, Division of Cell and Developmental Biology

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The origin of animals represents one of the pivotal transitions in life’s history, and one of its greatest unsolved mysteries. While the fossil record remains silent regarding the rise of multicellularity, the genetic and developmental foundations of animal origins may be deduced from shared elements among extant animals and their protozoan relatives, the choanoflagellates. To better understand the origin and evolution of animals, we are:

  1. reconstructing the minimal genomic complexity of the unicellular progenitors of animals
  2. elucidating the ancestral functions of genes required for animal development
  3. characterizing the molecular mechanisms underlying choanoflagellate cell/developmental biology and the interactions between choanoflagellates and bacteria

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Last Updated 2020-09-10