Christian Petersen, Ph.D.

christian-petersenDepartment of Molecular Biosciences

Cellular Regeneration

The Petersen lab studies the molecular and cellular basis of regeneration in animals. We are studying this problem using the planarian flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea, which has the remarkable ability to regenerate essentially any missing part. This degree of regeneration requires an ongoing capability to replace any missing cell type as well as robust patterning mechanisms to ensure the restoration of proper structures.