Investigating the Signals that Control
Adult Stem-Cell Mediated Tissue Repair

Using the awesome regenerative powers of the planarian flatworm (which is able to regenerate any and all tissues, even brain!), our lab investigates the signals that initiate and regulate regeneration. Planaria are remarkable in that they can regenerate an entire worm from just a tiny fragment of the original. This allows us to study how all the many different activities (cell migration, cell division, gene regulation, cell-cell communicaiton, even cell death) are coordinated across thousands of cells, so that regenerating planarians always end up looking like a stereotypical “planarian.”  

Our research is focused on signaling pathways--such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) signaling that regulates the induction of new tissue growth, and the planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway that regulates the termination of neural growth. In partnership with our physics and engineer collaborators, we are also investigating the possible use of quantum phenomena, such as changes in radical pair recombination rates by magnetic fields, to manipulate adult stem cell activity in vivo. Although our lab does basic (not translational) research, our work is aimed at supporting the development of future therapies in cancer and regenerative medicine.

Research Opportunities:
Our Spring 2022 application season has now closed. 
Please check back in the Fall!

Funding Sources

CAREER AWARD
EAGER  / RCN

Presidential Innovation Professorship
FRACAA  /  
SFSA

Wendy S. Beane

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Dr. Beane's Courses:

BIOS 5970 - Methods and Concepts in Biology

Spring (alternating)

BIOS 5740 - Developmental Biology

Spring (alternating)

BIOS 1610 – Molecular & Cellular Biology

Spring

BIOS 5750 – Stem Cells and Regeneration (Capstone) Summer