Jonathan Sylvester: Ph.D. student

Current Research

As an undergrad, I worked in developmental biology using the sea urchin model at Duke University. While there I focused on neural specification and patterning genes, namely Wnt 3. I described the function, timing and position of Wnt3 within the urchin neural developmental network.

My current research involves cichlid brain development and evolution. Cichlid brains rival those of mammals in their diversity and organizational complexity. I study the genetics, development and evolution of brain regionalization and hypothesize a link between brain size and shape and the shape of other trophic structures (e.g., jaws).