Our Research                                                                   

Bridging functional genomics, experimental embryology, comparative anatomy, and paleontology, our research seeks to answer long-standing and classical questions of vertebrate evolution. Our long-term research goal is to reveal and understand the evolutionary and developmental mechanisms of the fish diversity and its contribution to vertebrate major transitions. As new genomic and imaging technologies extend their utility to model and non-model organisms alike, these fundamental problems become within our reach. 



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8/11/18  Tom's review paper is published. "Problems in Fish-to-Tetrapod Transition: Genetic Expeditions Into Old Specimens

4/16/18   Welcome Natalie Turner to Nakamura lab!

4/15/18   Platform presentation "Digits and fin rays share common developmental histories" by Tetsuya in Mid Atlantic Region                                Zebrafish Meeting (PennState).  https://twitter.com/MARZmeeting?lang=en

2/1/18     Whitman Center Fellowship is awarded! We will conduct research projects at Marine Biological Laboratory this summer.