Kenneth McKenna

My long-term research interests involve the generation of an integrative research program aimed at understanding the genetic, molecular, and physiological contributions to organismal proportionality and its evolution. My academic training and research experience have provided me with an excellent background in multiple biological disciplines including molecular biology, developmental and organismal physiology, and genetics. My research is focused on the nutrition-dependent regulation of organ growth. Additionally, I am interested in how growth and patterning evolve, and how selection shapes developmental processes. In addition to my experimental work, I also do my best to contribute to the growth of theory in biology. Of note, I have worked on the conceptual basis of body part identity during development. Among the most pressing and least understood phenomena in biology is the mode by which body parts develop uniquely and how that information is passed to subsequent generations. In a chapter of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, my colleagues and I present a number of case studies from insects and vertebrates from which we propose a developmental model of organ identity. With this model we make predictions regarding the developmental evolution of body plans and highlight the need for more integrative analysis of developing systems.

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