Dr. Günter P. Wagner, Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This research project aims to understand how creative processes in nature lead to the origin of higher levels of organization from lower molecular genetic levels. Specifically, the project will investigate the origin of a novel cell type, the endometrial stromal cell of placental animals. The goal is to understand the role of creativity in the genetic programming of higher order organisms and to show how specific creative mechanisms have been fixed in organisms’ body plans. For this investigation, the project will utilize structural and functional genomic methods and DNA technology.