Location: 213 Ingersoll Hall Extension
Phone: 718.951.5000 x3582
Dr. Schvarzstein employs the C. elegans nematode model system to investigate fundamental aspects of developmental biology. Following her graduate studies on the genetics and molecular biology of sexual fate specification, differentiation and cell migration, she went on to make key contributions towards the basic mechanisms of chromosome partitioning during cell division using cell biological approaches to visualize chromosomes and components of the microtubule-based spindle. Her research aims to identify key proteins and protein interactions that make up the basic machinery that promotes accurate partitioning of chromosomes during gametogenesis. Her studies are not only relevant to the etiology of birth defects and the basic mechanisms of genome maintenance in normal and pathological cell divisions. Dr. Schvarzstein obtained her M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Canada, and conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.