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About: richman

I began my training first as a dentist, then as a specialist in pediatric dentistry. The project I started during my specialty training was on tooth development and it paved the way for my current research interest in craniofacial development. My research is focused on: 1) the molecular and environmental factors that can cause facial deformities such as cleft lip with or without cleft palate 2) The molecular basis for specifying jaw identity and 3) the evolution of teeth and jaws using reptiles as the comparative model organisms. The main model organism I study is the chicken embryo since it is one of the few animals in which the face can be accessed directly. We are studying all stages of face development, from the time the cells that will make the face are first formed until the skeleton differentiates. More recently I have been fortunate to work on reptiles including snakes, lizards and turtles. The reptile work is providing a much broader evolutionary perspective on the origins of the face and teeth. The Richman lab is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the NIH. I welcome applications from potential PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows with a background in developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry or cell biology.

Posts by richman:

Postdoc to investigate the evolution and development of teeth in reptiles.

Posted by on November 10th, 2017

A position at the Postdoctoral level is available December 1, 2017 to investigate the evolution and development of teeth in reptiles.  Our lab has been studying the processes of tooth development and tooth replacement in snake and lizard embryos (see review Richman and Handrigan, Genesis, 2011; Handrigan et al., 2010, Dev Biol, vol. 348, 130-141).[…]

Postdoctoral Position on WNT signaling in craniofacial development, University of British Columbia, CANADA

Posted by on July 15th, 2012

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Richman lab to investigate the function of non-canonical Wnt signaling during craniofacial development in the avian embryo.  Our lab has developed new tools in which to visualize cell organization in post-migratory neural crest-derived mesenchyme (Geetha-Loganathan et al. 2011, Dev Dyn 240:2108–2119). Approaches used will include in vivo[…]