Headshot portrait of Ankit Baghel - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computer Science
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Philip Beachy, Developmental Biology and Biochemistry

The Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling protein expressed in brainstem neurons has an unexpected but critical role in maintenance and regeneration of taste receptor cells in taste buds on the tongue. Ankit’s project will explore how Shh from brain stem neurons controls taste receptor cell regeneration by using a tagged version of Shh to track its long-range movement along axons to the taste receptor cells on the tongue.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2017:

Visualizing Neuronal Release of Sonic Hedgehog in Taste Receptor Cell Regeneration

Ankit Baghel1, Wan-Jin Lu1, Philip Beachy1,2,3
[Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine1, Department of Biochemistry2, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute3, Stanford University]