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Cesar Arenas-Mena
Associate Professor, Biology, Graduate Center
Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Graduate Center
Associate Professor, Biology, College of Staten Island
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island|Graduate Center
Phone: (718) 982-3869
Ph.D in Molecular Genetics from the University of Barcelona
Postdoc in Developmental Biology at Caltech
Subprogram: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology|Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
Research Interests: Developmental gene regulation, computational genomics, evolution.
Research Focus: Evolution|Molecular Biology, Genomics And Biochemistry|Cancer/Cell Division and Death|Cellular/Molecular|Gene Expression/Regulation|Genetics/Development|Development/Plasticity/Repair
Affiliation(s): College of Staten Island
Dr. Arenas-Mena initiated his research career at the CSIC, Barcelona, studying the transcriptional regulation of water stress genes in plants under the supervision of Montserrat Pages. During his postdoctoral research in the group of Erick Davidson at Caltech, he contributed to the characterization of the gene regulatory network that controls the specification of the endomesoderm in sea urchin embryos, and he also studied the expression of Hox cluster genes during embryonic and postembryonic development. At San Diego State University he studied trascriptional multipotency mechanisms in a polychaete model system that has feeding trochophore larva.  Ongoing projects relate to the experimental and genome-wide characterization of developmental gene regulatory mechanisms.

Awards and Grants
  • NASA exobiology
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • Society for Developmental Biology
Courses Taught
  • Developmental Biology 
  • Biochemistry
  • Gene Regulatory Systems
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution of Development
  • Evolution
  • Invertebrate zoology
  • General Biology