Karyn Jourdeuil, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
I study the role of gap junctions and gap junction proteins, specifically Connexin 43 (Cx43), in chick cranial neural crest cells (NCCs). My initial work focused on determining the spatiotemporal expression of Connexin 43 in premigtary NCCs, those undergoing an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), migration, and the subsequent formation of the trigeminal ganglion. More recent work has focused on the role of gap junctions and Cx43 in premigratory NCCs and the process of EMT. During the period of this award, I plan to study the role of gap junctions during migration and trigeminal gangliogenesis. In my free time, I knit and play in a community band.