Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2014
Home Department: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Lucy O’Brien (Molecular & Cellular Physiology) and Matthew Scott (Developmental Biology)

Research Title: Investigating a novel link between tissue structure and cell differentiation during organ self-renewal

Research Description: Adult stem cells maintain homeostasis by balancing photo of Paola Moreno-Roman in the laboratory the generation of new cells with loss of differentiated cells. This task is achieved through the regulation of asymmetric and symmetric division fates. Understanding how different fate outcomes are controlled is a crucial step toward understanding how tissue homeostasis is achieved. Paola will explore the role of tissue structure in regulating division fates in the epithelial lining of the Drosophila midgut.


Paola is currently a Strategic Partnerships Consultant at Foldscope Instruments, Inc., where she works on bringing powerful low-cost tools to communities around the world. She is also a Professor at Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, where she teaches Biology to undergraduates.