Development and metamorphosis of the sea urchin embryo (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus© YJ LUO

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About me

I am passionate about the evolution and development of marine invertebrates. I finished my graduate study (master's program) at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. For my master's thesis, I focused on using cell isolation and imaging techniques to study the endosymbiotic association between corals and dinoflagellates. Without genomic data in corals, it was difficult at that time to perform molecular studies. To have training that allows me to address fundamental questions at the molecular level, I then decided to shift my topics into emerging model systems with available genome sequences—e.g. sea urchins and amphioxus. After graduating from the master's program followed by performing a compulsory military service, I went to Academia Sinica, and where I worked as a research assistant with Drs. Yi-Hsien Su and Jr-Kai Yu. In their lab, I studied axial patterning in the sea urchin, as well as germline and neuron specification in the amphioxus. For my Ph.D. under the supervision by Dr. Nori Satoh at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), I studied the comparative genomics of brachiopods, phoronids, and nemertean as well as axial patterning in brachiopods.