James D. Lauderdale
Department of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia,
Dr. James D. Lauderdale is a cell biologist who graduated with a B.S (Bachelor of Science) degree in Biology & Chemistry in the year 1986. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology from Perdue University (1986 -1992). After his PhD, he did his Postdoctoral in Neural development, axon guidance, eye development from the University of Michigan (1992 -2000). Since then he has been working as an associate professor in the University of Georgia till present.
One of the major challenges in neurobiology is understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying development of the vertebrate central nervous system (CNS). Dr James D Lauderdale laboratory research is about seeking to elucidate these mechanisms by studying development of the vertebrate forebrain and visual system. His lab studies these systems by taking advantage of mutations that affect development of the brain and eye in humans, mice, and Zebrafish. Because genetic approaches do not rely on previous assumptions, details about the mechanisms mediating development of the visual system and forebrain can be uncovered that might not be identifiable using other means. Dr Lauderdale’s lab is currently studying aniridia in humans and the Small eye trait in rodents.