Teresa Vales Orenic

    Email Address: torenic@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: MBRB 4220 Phone: 3123551452
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My lab investigates the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation and function of the homeotic (Hox) genes during development of the nervous system in the model system Drosophila melanogaster. The Hox genes encode a group of conserved transcription factors that function in specifying regional identity in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Our current studies are focused on understanding spatial regulation of Hox gene expression and how changes in Hox gene cis-regulatory elements underlie development of diverse limb morphologies.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Preferred majors: biology, biochemistry, neuroscience or other related fields.

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