affinity for eggs
Delany didn't plan to spend her career studying chickens. But it
turns out that chickens and humans have a lot more in common than
their affection for eggs.
primary importance to Delany, an assistant professor of developmental
genetics, is the common way vertebrates, including humans and chickens,
develop. Interested in the expression and function of genes during
development, Delany uses the chicken and its embryo as a model to
study critical events at the molecular and cellular level in the
early development of the embryo. Her research at UC Davis focuses
on one of the earliest changes that occurs in both chick and human
embryos, the process known as gastrulation.
is the stage where the primary tissue layers are formed," said
Delany. "When analyzed at the molecular and cellular levels,
this process has similarities with oncogenesis, the process by which
cancer develops. There is rapid cell division and growth, significant
tissue remodeling, and numerous changes in gene expression that
control the differentiation status of particular cells."
avian scientist in the Department of Animal Science at the UC Davis
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Delany is one
of 18 researchers associated with the UC Davis Cancer Center to
receive an institutional research grant from the American Cancer
Society that is matched by the School of Medicine. These grants
are viewed as seed money for investigators to explore promising
ideas that may eventually receive national funding.
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