Paul Bump

Paul is a PhD. student in the lab and is interested in investigating how genomic information drives cellular composition and eventually the diverse body plans represented in the complexity of metazoan animals. He works to understand this by studying the process of metamorphosis in the indirect-developing enteropneust hemichordate Schizocardium californicum, focussing on how the cellular composition of the larva changes during the process of metamorphosis into the adult body plan. Paul is generally interested in topics of cell type evolution, regeneration, and how small and squishy marine invertebrates can provide novel perspectives to advance fundamental cell biology research.