Project Focus #1

Increase knowledge about glial cell evolution among earliest metazoans.

Project Focus #2

Understand neural crest migration as modulated by the Tumor-suppressor Slit.

Project Focus #3

Identify molecules that determine the specific migratory pathways decisions by neural crest cells.

Project Focus #4

Look at neural crest markers through evolution in sharks, snakes and lampreys.

Maria Elena de Bellard

Ph.D., The City University of New York

Associate Professor

Department of Biology

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My lab focuses on studying Neural crest cells, glial cells and the evolution of both.

Spring 2015

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Dr. de Bellard teaches BIOL 281 (Human Physiology) and BIOL 441 (Experimental Embryology).

For more information about deBellard Lab and any of its projects, research and publications call (818) 677-6470 or email us at