Predoctoral Researcher
My research focuses primarily on the function of Hox genes in the early branching metazoan Nematostella venctensis. So far, at least eight different Hox genes have been identified in the Nematostella genome based on sequence homology, yet their actual function during embryo development and axis formation in Nematostella is poorly understood. With the newly established CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique, I’m making NvHox mutants and reporter lines in order to better understand the origin and evolution of this ancient gene cluster.

BS Biological Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China (2014)

An axial Hox code controls tissue segmentation and body patterning in Nematostella vectensis.
S. He
, F. del Viso, C.-Y. Chen, A. Ikmi, A.E. Kroesen, M.C. Gibson. 2018.  
Science, 361 (6409), 1377-1380.

Capicua controls Toll/IL-1 signaling targets independently of RTK regulation.
A. Papagianni, M. Forés, W. Shao, S. He, N. Koenecke, M.J. Andreu, N. Samper, Z. Paroush, S. González-Crespo, J. Zeitlinger, G. Jiménez. 2018.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201713930

An adaptable chromosome preparation methodology for use in invertebrate research organisms.
L. Guo, A. Accorsi, S. He, C. Guerrero-Hernández, S. Sivagnanam, S.A. McKinney, M.C. Gibson, A. Sánchez Alvarado. 2018.
BMC biology, 16 (1), 25.

Non-model model organisms.
J.J. Russell, J.A. Theriot, P. Sood, W.F. Marshall, L.F. Landweber, L. Fritz-Laylin, J.K. Polka, S. Oliferenko, T. Gerbich, A. Gladfelter, J. Umen, M. Bezanilla, M.A. Lancaster, S. He, M.C. Gibson, B. Goldstein, E.M. Tanaka, C.-K. Hu, A. Brunet. 2017.  
BMC biology, 15 (1), 55.

Kctd10 regulates heart morphogenesis by repressing the transcriptional activity of Tbx5a in zebrafish.
X. Tong, Y. Zu, Z. Li, W. Li, L. Ying, J. Yang, X. Wang, S. He, D. Liu, Z. Zhu, J. Chen, S. Lin, B. Zhang. 2014.  
Nature Communications, 5:3153.

Electroporation of short hairpin RNAs for rapid and efficient gene knockdown in the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.
A.C. Karabulut, S. He, C.-Y. Chen, S.A. McKinney, M.C. Gibson.
Developmental Biology, (accepted).