José Andrade Lopez

José is a PhD. student in the lab and is interested in the evolution of nervous systems. He has been investigating the structure of the enteropneust nervous system by defining the diversity of neural cell types, their distribution and connectivity in the developing juveniles of Saccoglossus. He has developed a transgenic approach to look at axonal projections of neural subtypes defined by a range of neurotransmitters in order to clarify the controversy of whether enteropneusts are defined by a centralized nervous system, or rather by a neural plexus.