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Martin J Cohn

Professor/Joint Faculty
Ph.D. University College London, UK, 1997

406 CGRC
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Research Interests

Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Molecular development of vertebrate external genitalia; Evolution of vertebrate limb development; Developmental genetic mechanisms of vertebrate skeleton evolution.

Representative Publications

Seifert, A. W., Yamaguchi, T. and Cohn, M. J. (2009).  Functional and phylogentic analysis shows that Fgf8 is not required for external genital development. Development 136:2643-2651

Seifert, A. W., Harfe, B. D. and Cohn, M. J. (2008) Cell lineage analysis demonstrates an endodermal origin of the distal urethra and perineum. Developmental Biology 318:143-152

Zhang, G. and Cohn, M. J. (2008). Genome duplication and the origin of the vertebrate skeleton. Current Opinion in Genetics and Development. 18:387-393

Freitas, R., Zhang, G., and Cohn, M. J. (2007). Biphasic Hoxd Gene Expression in Shark Paired Fins Reveals an Ancient Origin of the Distal Limb Domain. PLoS One 2(8): e754.

Zhang, G., and Cohn, M. J. (2006). Hagfish and lancelet fibrillar collagens reveal that type II collagen-based cartilage evolved in stem vertebrates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103:16829-33.

Freitas, R., Zhang, G., and Cohn, M. J. (2006). Evidence that mechanisms of fin development evolved in the midline of early vertebrates. Nature 442:1033-7.

Zhang, G., Miyamoto, M. M., and Cohn, M. J. (2006). Lamprey type II collagen and Sox9 reveal an ancient origin of the vertebrate collagenous skeleton. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103: 3180-3185.

Freitas, R., Zhang, G., Albert, J. S., Evans, D. H., and Cohn, M. J. (2006). Developmental origin of shark electrosensory organs. Evolution and Development. 8, 74-80.

Current Graduate Students

NameEmailResearch Interest
Marissa Gredler mlgredler@ufl.eduDevelopmental genetics and morphogenesis
Ana Herrera amherrer@ufl.eduDevelopmental biology
Bonnie Kircher kircherb@ufl.eduEvolutionary Developmental Biology
Francisca Leal fleal@ufl.eduEvolutionary developmental biology
Kelsey Lewis lewis23a@ufl.eduEvolutionary developmental biology, developmental biology
Oscar Tarazona otarazona@ufl.eduEvolutionary developmental biology