África Temporal Plo

from Zaragoza, Spain
IMPRS doctoral researcher since August 2022 in Walentek lab


Research interests
Mucociliary epithelia can be formed from all three germ layers and are found across different animal species, lining multiple organs such as the epidermis, the airways, the foregut or the oviduct. Activation of genes across germ layers is restricted very early on during development, but all mucociliary epithelia seem to employ the same general gene regulatory network. My project aims to address how the same gene regulatory network can be activated to form mucociliary epithelia in different germ layer derivatives, how its activity is modified in different tissues and how signaling, lineage history and local environment contribute to these differences.
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