Daniel Grimes, Department of Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology
Daniel Grimes is an expert in embryonic development, genetics and genomics. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of biology and a member of the Institute of Molecular Biology. Daniel studies symmetries and asymmetries in the body plan. Many features of vertebrate bodies, such as the skeleton and the limbs, display symmetry between left and right. By contrast, the internal organs exhibit left-right asymmetries in their position and structure. His lab uses genetic, genomic, and imaging procedures to understand the basis of these symmetries and asymmetries during development and growth. He is also interested in how (a)symmetries contribute to human diseases including birth defects and scoliosis.
Fish with creepy curved backbones could help explain scoliosis (WIRED, July 8, 2016)
Scoliosis traced to problems in spinal fluid flow, Francis Collins (NIH Director's Blog, July 7, 2016)