Maryna is currently a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Jonathan Henry in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a PhD in Biology, Neotropical Environment Option, from the Department of Biology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. She was Supervised by Ehab Abouheif (McGill) and Rachel Collin (STRI).
How do you get from a single cell to a complex multicellular organism? Why do marine invertebrates have so many ways of doing just that? How do transitions between these different types of development happen? How does development change over evolutionary time? What role does the environment play in development? What do invertebrate larvae do while they are swimming around in the ocean? How do organisms use so many of the same developmental “tools” to make so many different forms?