Nicole King, Ph.D.

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Institution
University of California, Berkeley
Address
142 Life Sciences Addition #3200
City, State, Zip
Berkeley, CA 94720-3200
Phone
(510) 643-9395
E-mail
nking[at]berkeley.edu
Website
kinglab.berkeley.edu
Research Field
Evolutionary Biology; Developmental Biology
Award Year
2004

Research

The origin of animals represents one of the pivotal transitions in life's history, and one of its greatest unsolved mysteries. While the fossil record remains silent regarding the rise of multicellularity, the genetic and developmental foundations of animal origins may be deduced from shared elements among extant animals and their protozoan relatives, the choanoflagellates. To better understand the origin and evolution of animals, our goals are to: 1. determine the minimal genomic complexity of the unicellular progenitors of animals 2. elucidate the ancestral functions of genes required for animal development 3. characterize choanoflagellate cell and developmental biology