Welcome to the Harris lab website! Our lab studies tissue regeneration and the genetics that underlie this complex and important process. Our research combines traditional genetics, molecular biology, immunofluorescent microscopy and next gen sequencing to explore how an injured tissue is able to cover from injury, and what factors influence this process.
To achieve this goal, we use Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, whose growth and development has been extensively studied for over 100 years. This model provides us with unparalleled genetic tools to systematically explore how a tissue undergoes injury-induced regeneration, and thus identify manipulations that can augment this process. The insights provided by these studies aim to inform the development of theraputic methods to stimulate regeneration in tissues that normally do not, including those of humans.