Maria Gallegos

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

E-mail:
maria.gallegos@csueastbay.edu
Phone:
(510) 885-2856
Office:
SSc 351
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Class Information
Class Number Section Days Room Number Times
6141 1 TTH SC-N104 10:20 - 11:10 am
6141 1A TTH SC-N104 11:10 - 1:50 pm
6152 1 MWF SC-N119 10:40 - 12:00 pm

Professional Focus

My lab is interested in neurodevelopment. We want to understand how a neuron's complex morphology is not only established but maintained throughout the life of an animal. Our long-term goal is to identify the genes and understand the molecular mechanisms that specifically control late steps in neurodevelopment by exploiting the experimental advantages and anatomical simplicity of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Conserved molecules required to build this worm’s simple nervous system often function to regulate neurodevelopment in higher eukaryotes. Our hope is that the conserved molecules we identify might function similarly in mammals during development and within the context of injury or disease. For example, genes that act to terminate neurite growth as the nervous system forms might also hinder regrowth in severed axons that fail to regenerate.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Courses

Spring Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
BIOL 490004Independent StudyARR ARRHayward Campus View Books
BIOL 614101Advanced Molecular TechniquesTTH10:20AM11:10AMSC-N406Hayward Campus View Books
BIOL 61411AAdvanced Molecular TechniquesTTH11:20AM1:50PMSC-N104Hayward Campus View Books
BIOL 691005University ThesisARR ARRHayward Campus View Books
BIOL 691008University ThesisARR ARRHayward Campus View Books

Publications

Gallegos, M. and Sanjeev Balakrishnan et al. (Under Final Review for Publication). The C. elegans Rab family: Identification, Classification and Toolkit Construction. (D. Dupuy, Ed.) PloS One.

O'Halloran, D. M., Hamilton, O. S., Lee, J. I., Gallegos, M., & L'Etoile, N. D. (2012). Changes in cGMP Levels Affect the Localization of EGL-4 in AWC in Caenorhabditis elegans. (D. Dupuy, Ed.) PloS One, 7(2), e31614.

Gallegos, M. and Bargmann, C. (2004). Mechanosensory neurite termination and tiling are directed by SAX-2 and the SAX-1 kinase. Neuron 44(2):239-249. 

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