The basis of my research is the zebrafish, a black and gold fish with biomedical and evolutionary applications. Its characteristic stripes form as the fish develops due to the self-organizing interactions of several types of pigment cells. Biologically, my goal is to identify wild-type cell interactions, help experimentalists link genetic changes to altered cell behavior in mutations, and shed light on how animals with different patterns are related evolutionarily. Mathematically, I use zebrafish to inspire new questions and drive the development of methods for quantifying agent-based dynamics. So far my work involves agent-based and continuum modeling, topological data analysis, dynamical systems, and image processing.
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