Faculty Advisor

Ryder, Elizabeth F.


Mutations in the C. elegans gene mig-10 cause defects in neuronal migration, axonal growth, and excretory cell growth. The truncated excretory canal phenotype was used as a genetic model for developmental axonal growth. It was used to isolate mutations in other genes in the mig-10 signal transduction pathway. One new mutation was isolated after two rounds of mutagenesis. Complementation tests and mapping assays showed that neither this mutation, nor several previously isolated mutations, were alleles of mig-10. These mutations may be in genes that act in the same pathway as mig-10.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology