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Mark Q Martindale
Martindale’s has worked on a wide array of topics including stem cell counting, the relationship of development to adult regeneration, the evolution of identified embryonic cell lineages, egg organization and the role of the early cleavage program in the distribution of developmental potential, and body plan evolution, in a diverse set of developing systems. Current interests include the evolutionary origin of complex traits such as symmetry, mesoderm, and a functional nervous system in animal evolution and the evolution of gene regulatory networks. He was recently named as winner of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research (2004) and was awarded the Alexander Kowalevsky Medal for Comparative Embryology (2010).
It is an exciting time to be an evolutionary developmental biologist and I am thrilled to be involved in promoting a transdisciplinary approach to understanding the two greatest mysteries of Life: how functional organisms arise through their own developmental process, and how this process changes over evolutionary time to give rise to novel forms.