New Investigator Joins Basic Science Division at Fox Chase Cancer Center
PHILADELPHIA (May 27, 2005) - Developmental biologist Fabrice Roegiers has become an associate member of Fox Chase's division of basic science. He studies factors that determine embryonic cell development and how they affect the outcome of a cell's purpose in an organism.
Currently, he is using the fruit fly to examine how asymmetric segregation of the protein Numb generates different cell types and leads to different cell fates in the fly's nervous system. His studies of how nervous tissue is formed in fruit flies could provide clues as to how cell fate is specified in other organisms, including humans.
Before joining Fox Chase, Roegiers was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of physiology and biochemistry at Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California at San Francisco. While completing his postdoctoral training, Roegiers also worked as a scientific advisor at Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco.
Roegiers earned his bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California at Davis in 1993 and his Ph.D. from the Universit de Nice-Sophia in Antipolis, France, in 1999.
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