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Benjamin Tajer, Ph.D.

Ben received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania studying BMP signaling during dorsal-ventral patterning in the zebrafish embryo.  He joined the Whited lab as a post doc in 2021.  During his postdoc, he aims to identify the key genes required for blastema cell specification during axolotl limb regeneration.  He is currently developing a live blastema cell reporter, which will allow him to isolate and profile blastema cells during the very first stages of blastema specification.  He is also working towards a multiplex CRISPR screen to identify the key genes required for entry into the blastema cell state.

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