Dr. Priti Agarwal – Postdoc
Priti did her PhD in the area of genetics and developmental biology with Dr. K. Subramaniam at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Her graduate studies were focused on understanding meiosis: a specialized type of differentiation germ cells undergo to form mature gametes – oocytes and sperm, using C. elegans as a model organism. While studying the role of biochemical signals during germ cell development, she became interested in the biomechanical signals required for continuous formation of mature oocytes and sperm. This motivated her to analyze the biophysical features of the C. elegans germline and further, to explore how mechanical forces conjoin with biochemical signals to determine the structure and function of the germline. She joined Dr. Zaidel-Bar’s lab to achieve to this goal.