Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA
- Bioelectrical (ion-mediated) signaling
- Stem cells and regeneration
Dr. Wendy Beane is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University.
Regeneration research has increased in popularity with significant advances in identifying both stem cell populations and the mechanisms that regulate cell growth and tissue repair. However, much less is known about the means by which these newly produced tissues (re)establish a functional shape. The Beane Lab uses the remarkable regenerative abilities of the planarian flatworm (which is able to regrow all tissues, even brain) to investigate how tissue shape is regenerated following injury. The goal of the lab group is to understand how cell migration, cell division, gene regulation and even cell death are coordinated across thousands of cells to ensure that regenerating flatworms always look like stereotypical planaria.