Undergraduate Research

with Eric H. Davidson, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

Studied the gene regulatory network underlying larval mesoderm specification in the sea urchin, with particular focus on the tbrain gene and its regulators/targets. Worked closely with Paola Oliveri (now at UCL).

  • Wahl ME, Hahn J, Gora K, Davidson EH, Oliveri P (2009). The cis-regulatory system of the tbrain gene: Alternative use of multiple modules to promote skeletogenic expression in the sea urchin embryo. Dev Biol 335(2): 428-41. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2009.08.005
  • Wahl ME, Oliveri P, Davidson EH. "Identification of a novel tbrain cis-regulatory module.” Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin Conference, 2008, Woods Hole, MA.

with David J. Anderson, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

Helped develop and run a novel fruit fly behavioral assay to identify mutants with abnormal responses to noxious stimuli. Worked closely with Tim Lebestky (now at Williams).