University of Washington
Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions
Developmental Biology, Stem Cells & Aging
Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
Evolution of novel cell types and cellular behaviors in chordates
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Cells are continually reshaped throughout evolution allowing for animals to adapt to an everchanging environment. Our lab focuses on the evolution of novel cell types and cellular behaviors by comparing homologous cells across distantly related chordate species. We are studying how cells evolve at the levels of individual fate specification to multicellular morphogenesis. Currently, we are analyzing cellular innovation in the annual killifish Nothobranchius furzeri, whose embryos evolved under strong selection pressure imposed by their environment that evaporates during the dry season.
Science should benefit everyone; therefore, we need to act to ensure that all people are able to participate and ultimately shape that science. As a faculty member, I am committed to use my platform to increase diversity and inclusion in our academic community. In 2020, I was elected as the Diversity Officer for the Pan-America Society of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology (PASEDB). As the Diversity Officer, my primary goal is to create an award and mentoring program for underrepresented minority postdocs that seeks to empower them to succeed as junior faculty.
– Diversity Officer for the Pan-America Society of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology (PASEDB)
– Former State Director for the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens Youth program
The following publications were retrieved from PubMed:
Lord ND, Carte AN, Abitua PB, Schier AF.
Elife. 2021 May 26; (10)
Abitua PB, Gainous TB, Kaczmarczyk AN, Winchell CJ, Hudson C, Kamata K, Nakagawa M, Tsuda M, Kusakabe TG, Levine M.
Nature. 2015 Aug 27; 7566(524)462-5
Haupaix N, Abitua PB, Sirour C, Yasuo H, Levine M, Hudson C.
Dev Biol. 2014 Oct 1; 1(394)170-80
Abitua PB, Wagner E, Navarrete IA, Levine M.
Nature. 2012 Dec 6; 7427(492)104-7
Gray RS, Abitua PB, Wlodarczyk BJ, Szabo-Rogers HL, Blanchard O, Lee I, Weiss GS, Liu KJ, Marcotte EM, Wallingford JB, Finnell RH.
Nat Cell Biol. 2009 Oct; 10(11)1225-32
Park TJ, Mitchell BJ, Abitua PB, Kintner C, Wallingford JB.
Nat Genet. 2008 Jul; 7(40)871-9
Hayes JM, Kim SK, Abitua PB, Park TJ, Herrington ER, Kitayama A, Grow MW, Ueno N, Wallingford JB.
Dev Biol. 2007 Dec 1; 1(312)115-30
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