Maria Gallegos Faculty Profile

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Maria  Gallegos

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

My lab is interested in neurodevelopment. We want to understand how a neuron's complex morphology is not only established but maintained throughout the life of an animal. Our long-term goal is to identify the genes and understand the molecular mechanisms that specifically control late steps in neurodevelopment by exploiting the experimental advantages and anatomical simplicity of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Conserved molecules required to build this worm’s simple nervous system often function to regulate neurodevelopment in higher eukaryotes. Our hope is that the conserved molecules we identify might function similarly in mammals during development and within the context of injury or disease. For example, genes that act to terminate neurite growth as the nervous system forms might also hinder regrowth in severed axons that fail to regenerate.

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Fall Semester 2021
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
BIOL 31001Genetic Analysis IMW3:30PM4:45PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
BIOL 3101AGenetic Analysis IM1:00PM2:40PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
BIOL 3101BGenetic Analysis IW1:00PM2:40PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
BIOL 3101CGenetic Analysis IF1:00PM2:40PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
BIOL 49012Independent StudyARRARRHayward Campus
BIOL 61801Cell & Molecular Biology IIMW11:00AM12:15PMSC-N306Hayward Campus
BIOL 69005Independent StudyARRARRHayward Campus
BIOL 69106University ThesisARRARRHayward Campus

Gallegos, M. and Sanjeev Balakrishnan et al. (Under Final Review for Publication). The C. elegans Rab family: Identification, Classification and Toolkit Construction. (D. Dupuy, Ed.) PloS One.

O'Halloran, D. M., Hamilton, O. S., Lee, J. I., Gallegos, M., & L'Etoile, N. D. (2012). Changes in cGMP Levels Affect the Localization of EGL-4 in AWC in Caenorhabditis elegans. (D. Dupuy, Ed.) PloS One, 7(2), e31614.

Gallegos, M. and Bargmann, C. (2004). Mechanosensory neurite termination and tiling are directed by SAX-2 and the SAX-1 kinase. Neuron 44(2):239-249.