Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program

CBMP Faculty

Matthew Nicotra, Ph.D.

Image - Matthew Nicotra
Title: Assistant Professor, Departments of Surgery and Immunology
Department: Immunology
Email: nicotraml@upmc.edu
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Dept / Lab Webpage: http://www.immunology.pitt.edu/graduate/person/matthew-l-nicotra-phd

CBMP groups: Cell Communication, Signaling and Ion Channel Biology

Research Interests

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.