Jacqueline Moustakas collects turtle eggs

Jacqueline Moustakas
B.A., Biology, Boston University, 2000
Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Hlusko Lab, University of California, Berkeley

My research considers the evolution of skeletal tissues using molecular biology and embryology. My current research examines the development of the postcranial skeleton in the red-eared slider turtle to understand the developmental origin and morphogenetic regulation of the turtle shell. Using developmental genetics to study a non-model organism, I show new roles for tissues and genes in the evolution of morphology. I plan to continue this approach in my future research to investigate the evolution of the vertebrate dentition.

Please email me at moustakas@berkeley.edu or see my CV for more details.