Matthew Nicotra, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Immunological Tolerance, Innate Immunity

We study allorecognition, which is the ability of most encrusting marine invertebrates - animals like corals and sponges - to distinguish between themselves and other members of their species via cell-cell contact. Our lab seeks to understand the molecular basis, evolutionary history, and medical relevance of invertebrate allorecognition using the colonial hydroid, Hydractinia symbiolongcarpus, as a model system.

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