Developmental Genetics & Systems Biology
Research Interests: Cardiogenesis (heart development); Organogenesis; Transcriptional regulatory networks; Signaling pathways; Systems biology; Developmental biology; Computational biology; Genetics; Functional genomics
The Ahmad Lab uses integrated genetic, genomic and computational strategies to study organogenesis, with a focus on heart development and transcriptional regulation. Utilizing both Drosophila as a model system and mammalian stem cells directed to differentiate along the cardiac lineage, our goal is to arrive at a comprehensive understanding of cardiogenesis which incorporates both a systems-level view of the underlying genetic network and detailed examinations of the roles of individual genes.
We also use similar integrated approaches to examine and dissect biological processes involved in the development of other organs.
We are based in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University, and are part of the consortium of research laboratories comprising The Center for Genomic Advocacy.