The University Program in Genetics and Genomics
Distinguished Lecturer Series 2017-18
Broadly, the Patel lab studies development and the degree to which developmental pathways are conserved or altered across various arthropods, including flies and butterflies! Specific projects in the Patel lab include study of the Hox genes and their role in body development in Drosophila, germ line regeneration in Parhyale Hawaiensis, and wing structural color patterns in butterflies.
Before starting his lab at UC Berkeley, Dr. Patel received his PhD from Stanford University, Dept of Biological Sciences under Dr. Goodman. He then went on to two postdoctoral positions starting at UC Berkeley and then the Australian National University Research School of Biological Sciences. From there Dr. Patel served as a staff associate at the Carnegie Institute in the Dept of Embryology and started as a professor at the University of Chicago in the Dept of Organismal Biology and Anatomy concurrent with him joining the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes (HHMI) as an associate investigator. From 1995 to 2010 Dr. Patel was a full investigator at HMMI and in 2003 began his lab at UC Berkeley where he is also an adjunct professor of the National Institute of Genetics, Shizuoka, Japan. Dr. Patel has received several fellowship awards including the NSF predoctoral fellowship, the Damon Runyon Walter Winchell fellowship, the McKnight Scholars Neuroscience fellowship award, and is currently serving as the William Power Endowed Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley