April Hill – Genetics, Evolution, and Development
My research is focused on studying the evolution of conserved gene regulatory networks. In my
lab, we are particularly interested in how changes to genomes and gene regulatory networks
have led to the diversity of animal forms and functions. We use sponges as our model system
because their ancient body plan holds important clues about the evolution of all animals,
including humans. We employ molecular, cellular, developmental, and functional genomic
approaches and frequently collaborate with field biologists and computational scientists to
address our questions.