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Esosorum mid9-1

My initial interests in biology lie within herpetology, but I became fascinated by the dynamic interactions of evolution and developmental biology. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington I worked on a number of projects, and closely worked with a Ph.D. candidate focusing on the systematics and chemosensory behavior of the Dipsadini snake tribe. During my M.S. I collaborated with the San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center, where I explored Pax6 and Shh labeling between the Texas blind salamander (Eurycea rathbuni) and Barton Spring salamander (Eurycea sosorum) using immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy. For my dissertation I aim to use a number of molecular (RNA-seq), and imaging (Dice-CT) techniques to understand the evolutionary developmental biology of repeated eye loss in the central Texas Eurycea salamander clade.

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