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About Ben Allen Lab

Understanding the mechanisms of growth factor and morphogen signaling!

Research in the Allen Lab is broadly focused on understanding the mechanisms of growth factor and morphogen signaling in development and disease. Specifically, we study the regulation of Hedgehog (Hh) signaling during vertebrate embryogenesis using a wide range of approaches, including mouse developmental genetics, chick in ovo electroporation, biochemistry, and cell biology. The long-term goal of our research is to use insights gained from the study of Hh signaling in normal development in the treatment of a broad spectrum of developmental diseases and childhood and adult cancers.