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Assistant Professor of Biology
John Abramyan
215 SFC (Science Faculty Center)
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

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Biography and Education

I would describe myself as a developmental biologist with a deep interest in understanding evolution at all levels of biological complexity. I use a combination of embryology, molecular biology and genomics in my research lab. Most of my work specifically focuses on reptiles, with more recent projects leaning towards bird development and genomics.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane Australia. My thesis focused on the developmental and chromosomal mechanisms of sex-determination in cane toads. I received my B.Sc. from the University of California, Davis, where I majored in Evolution and Ecology. The diversity in my academic background has strongly influenced the research questions I pursue today.

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Abramyan, John. "Lineage-specific loss of FGF17 within the avian orders Galliformes and Passeriformes." Gene 563.2 (2015): 180-189.

Abramyan, John, and Joy Marion Richman. "Recent insights into the morphological diversity in the amniote primary and secondary palates." Developmental Dynamics 244.12 (2015): 1457-1468.

Abramyan, John, Kelvin Jia‚ÄźMien Leung, and Joy Marion Richman. "Divergent palate morphology in turtles and birds correlates with differences in proliferation and BMP2 expression during embryonic development." Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 322.2 (2014): 73-85.


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