Elaine Welch

ElainForWebHometown: St. Mary, Jamaica

BS Biology, Albany State University

PhD Genetics, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Elaine recently completed her PhD in our lab and is continuing her research as a postdoctoral fellow. Elaine’s main research focus is to understand the induction and patterning of the vertebrate primary embryonic axis.  It has been shown that parallel microtubules spanning the vegetal cortex of the zebrafish embryo are important for transporting dorsal determinants to the prospective dorsal side of the embryo to initiate dorsal organizer formation and subsequently expression of dorsal genes. Elaine continues to investigate the dynamic nature of vegetal pole microtubules and what factors are important for bundling as well as the parallel nature of this microtubule population.

Elaine is a member of the Genetic Society of America’s Early Career Scientist Committee and serves as the Career Development Subcommittee Liaison. As a grad student, Elaine was honored as a Science & Medicine Graduate Research Scholar (SciMed GRS) and is passionate about education outreach. She participates in various outreach programs geared toward reaching underrepresented minority students in K-12 schools around Madison. Additionally, Elaine served as a student representative on the CALS Equity and Diversity Committee and the Genetics Society of America Membership Committee.

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