Dr. Jason Podrabsky
I am interested in how organisms respond and ultimately adapt to their environment at a physiological, biochemical, and molecular level. I am especially interested in how embryos and larvae are affected by their environment, and how they deal with environmental stress. In many cases, embryos are the most sensitive life history stage to environmental preturbations. The basis for this increased sensitivity remains a mystery, due principally to a lack of information on developmental physiology. How are developmental, cell cycle, and metabolic pathways integrated during development and how are these interactions affected by the environment? How and when are physiological traits acquired during development? How is physiological homeostasis maintained in embryos and adults exposed to a highly variable environment, and are these responses different? These are examples of the types of questions that fuel my interest in biology.