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Wendy Beane

Wendy Beane
Assistant Professor

Office: (269) 387-5629
Lab: (269) 387-3853

Office: 3433 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Lab: 3438 Haenicke Hall

Mailing Address
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA

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Research interests

Shape is essential...from single proteins to entire organisms. Shape changes and tissue remodeling drive development, disease and even aging. But despite its importance, we still know very little about how overall tissue and body shape is established, maintained, and (following injury) restored. Dr. Beane's research group uses the awesome regenerative powers of the planarian flatworm to investigate these questions of shape. Planaria are remarkable in that they can regenerate any and all tissues, even brain! This allows us to study how the many different cellular activities (migration, division, gene regulation, even cell death) are coordinated across thousands of cells to ensure that regenerating planarians always took like that stereotypical "planaria." Uncovering those mechanisms which control the regeneration of shape has the potential to highlight new therapeutic strategies for treating lost or damaged organs and limbs.

The main questions currently being explored in the Beane laboratory are: