Veronica was an undergraduate in the Karlstrom Lab working on her senior honors thesis research project. She worked with Meng-Chieh Shen to help develop a new transgenic tool for the study of Shh signaling in zebrafish. They used the Tetracycline-On conditional gene regulation system, generating transgenic zebrafish lines that will allow manipulation of Shh signaling in specific tissues at selected times. Veronica used qPCR and other techniques to test whether (and how well) this system works to alter the expression Shh target genes in live zebrafish of all ages (embryos through adulthood). The goal is to apply this tool to understand how Hh signaling regulates ventral forebrain growth and stem cell renewal.
Veronica is currently a lab technician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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