The Martin lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms that control the early steps in organogenesis in the vertebrate embryo, and the subsequent outgrowth and patterning of the developing organs. We are particularly interested in the roles played by members of the Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) family of signaling molecules and their antagonists in these processes. For the most part we use genetic analysis in mice to uncover the functions of these molecules in the developing embryo.

Gail Martin obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971. Following postdoctoral research at University College London, she joined the faculty at UCSF in 1976, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Anatomy, and head of the PIBS Program in Developmental Biology. Dr. Martin is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She was awarded the EG Conklin Medal from the Society for Developmental Biology in 2002, and served as the President of the Society for Devlopmental Biology in 2006-2007.

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last updated April 2008