Welcome to the Harris lab website! Our lab at ASU studies tissue regeneration, and the genetics that underlie this complex and important process. We combine traditional genetics and next generation sequencing technologies to explore how an injured tissue is able to regrow and repattern itself, and what factors might limit this process. To achieve this goal, we are taking advantage of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, a model organism whose growth and development has been extensively studied for over 100 years. This model provides us with unrivaled genetic tools that allows us to systematically explore how a tissue undergoes injury-induced regeneration and therefore identify manipulations that can augment this process, with a view to ultimately stimulate it in tissues that normally do not regenerate, like those of people.
 
 

Drosophila melanogaster

 

Positions for undergraduate researchers are often available. Find out more about ongoing projects in the research section.