Douglas Houston

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The University of Iowa
PhD, University of Miami, 1999
(319) 335-1316
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Research Interests: 
Localized molecules and maternal signalling pathways in vertebrate development

The research interests of the Houston Lab lie in the basic mechanisms of how the dorsal body tissues (e.g., central nervous system or muscle tissue) are formed in frog embryos (Xenopus). Many of the same molecular and genetic pathways that regulate dorsal development are present in all animals and also control the maintenance of tissues in the adult. These pathways are often misregulated in various diseases. The Houston Lab can study these signaling mechanisms in simple, externally developing frog embryos to learn how cells acquire their fates at the earliest stages of development.