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Developmental Evolutionary Neurobiology Laboratory
My research investigates the development and evolution of vertebrate brains. The present focus is on two areas: (1.) forebrain organization and development in a model vertebrate system and (2.) general principles that underlie the formation of brain nuclei.
Selected Recent Publications
Pritz MB. Crocodilian forebrain: Evolution and development. Integr. Comp. Biol. in press.
Pritz MB. Dorsal thalamic nuclei in Caiman crocodilus. Neurosci. Lett. 581: 57-62, 2014.
Ju W, Wu J, Pritz MB, Khanna R. Characterizing calcium influx via voltage- and ligand- gated calcium channels in embryonic Alligator neurons in culture. Transl Neurosci. 4: 330-336, 2013.
Ruan YW, So KF, Pritz MB. Calcium binding protein expression in the optic tectum of Alligator during development. Dev Neurobiol. 73: 899-910, 2013.
Wilson SM, Zhu T, Khanna R, Pritz MB. Quantitative RT-PCR analyses of five evolutionary conserved genes in Alligator brains during development. Transl Neurosci. 2: 339-343, 2011.
Pritz MB. Forebrain and midbrain fiber tract formation during early development in Alligator embryos. Brain Res. 1313: 34-44, 2010.
Pritz MB. Early diencephalon development in Alligator. Brain Behav. Evol. 71: 15-31, 2008.
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