The Matus lab opened its doors in January 2014 at Stony Brook University in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. We are the first official C. elegans lab on campus! Our laboratory is broadly interested in trying to understand how morphogenetic events are programmed during development, how these processes evolve between species and how they might go awry during pathogenic events such as cancer. We use nematode uterine-vulval attachment as a model to understand how cells acquire the ability to breach the basement membrane, an ancient form of extracellular matrix unique to the animal kingdom. Specifically, we are interested in identifying transcription factors and their targets that program cell invasive behavior in C. elegans and related nematode species. Please visit our website at: you.stonybrook.edu/matuslab/
Interested PhD students should contact me directly and I can provide more information about Stony Brook University graduate programs. Please check our website for potential postdoctoral opportunities as they may arise. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at meetings!