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Vicki Martin

Professor of Biological Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Developmental Neurobiology of Jellyfish
  • Structure, Function, and Development of Jellyfish Eyes
  • Neural Networks
  • Marine Ecology & Conservation
  • Marine Science Education

Research Summary

My work examines two parameters of cubozoan (box jellyfish) biology: their eyes and their husbandry. Eye studies include a comparative examination of the structure and development of eyes of cubomedusae (basal metazoans) from around the world to determine if they are built on a common architectural plan: cornea, lens, retina of ciliated photoreceptors, presence of rhodopsin/opsin proteins, presence of visual neurotransmitters, and expression of genes known to be involved in sensory organ development in members of the Bilateria.


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