University of California, Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Lab of Nicole King, Ph.D.
This grant to UC Berkeley supports the research of Dr. King into the evolution of multi-cellular animals from their unicellular ancestors. A key question under investigation at the laboratory is how and when the genetic "toolkit" that led to the origin of animals was assembled. Outcomes for this grant include reconstruction of an ancestral animal genome, characterization of Choanoflagellate cell biology, investigation of the ancestral function of the genes required for multicellular development in animals, and substantiation of priority for animal mode gene regulation.