Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff

Pierre Le Pabic, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Biological Sciences, East Carolina Universtiy, Greenville, NC, 2009
B.S., Marine Biology, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 2002
Dobo Hall 215 | (910) 962-3884 | 601 S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5915
lepabicp@uncw.edu |

My research focuses on the genetic and molecular basis of craniofacial development and evolution. I use a combination of traditional and cutting-edge experimental approaches in fish models to understand how developmental mechanisms produce a functional craniofacial skeleton, and how changes in these mechanisms result in phenotypic variation during evolution or in human diseases.

Current projects include quantitative trait locus mapping aimed at identifying novel loci underlying the divergence of head shape in a fish group that recently underwent an explosive adaptive radiation event: the Cichlids of Lake Malawi - East Africa.