In the Berg Lab, we use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to investigate cell communication and cell migration, two processes critical for development and human disease progression. We study the signaling pathways that pattern the follicular epithelium surrounding the oocyte. We also investigate the link between these cell fates and the subsequent cell shape changes and movements that reorganize the flat epithelium into two closed tubes. Patterning and morphogenesis are the fundamental building blocks of all developmental processes. We also use other Drosophilid species to explore how development must change in order to evolve new patterns and shapes of tubes. Learn more about these processes and the scientists who study them by exploring our site.
Join the Lab!
Celeste Berg’s lab is actively seeking graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. If you are interested, please contact us. We welcome graduate students from the UW Genome Sciences department and the MCB program.
Two postdoctoral positions are available, one immediately, one with a negotiable start date. Please send a current CV with your education and other training, publications, and contact information along with a cover letter that describes your research interests and includes names, addresses, and email contacts for three referees.
Work in the Lab!
Student Lab Assistant needed part time (10-15hrs/week). Duties include making and autoclaving solutions, preparing and stocking supplies for lab use, and helping to maintain lab tidiness. Research projects are available for credit if desired. Apply here.