Rusty Lansford, PhD
Senior Scientist in Biology and Instructor in Bioengineering
California Institute of Technology
Beckman Institute 139-74
Pasadena, CA 91125 USA
Off: (626) 395-2004
Lab: (626) 395-2863

I take an interdisciplinary approach to studying brain and heart formation by combining the power of molecular genetics with the splendor of advanced optical imaging within living embryos. I have developed a transgenic avian model system and novel imaging methods that permit dynamic observation and manipulation of embryogenesis. My goal is to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms that drive normal forebrain morphogenesis so that I may better investigate developmental abnormalities such as holoprosencephaly.