Harvard University, OEB Harvard Medical School, Genetics
I am inspired by the legacy of Darwin and Wallace, who were the first to bring the theory of natural selection to bear on questions of morphological diversity, and I am convinced that modern scientists have many contributions yet to make. It is this inheritance of ideas, this cultural and intellectual continuum, that I find motivating. Central to this vision is the research program I develop during my graduate years.
I am an embryologist, morphologist, and evolutionary biologist. I specialize in mammals and I use modern molecular techniques to understand developmental and evolutionary processes. I focus on the craniofacial skeleton and I am particularly interested in the faces of extreme mammals-- bats!
As a second generation Mexican-American, I am thrilled to bring my interests in skeletons into a comprehensive research program focusing on a key icons in Mesoamerican culture and mythology (bats of course!).