Elva Diaz, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Standford University
B.S. Harvard University
I consider myself a pioneer. I am challenged by the unknown and driven by the desire to make discoveries that will lead to the identification of new molecules involved in various biological phenomena. This attitude is reflected in the diversity of my training, which spans many fields including biochemistry, molecular cell biology, neurobiology, genomics, and bioinformatics, to investigate biological phenomena from a multi-disciplinary perspective reflected by the major achievements of my independent research program.
My main research goal is to identify novel molecular mechanisms of neural development using a rodent model system. In particular, my lab is interested in two main areas: neural proliferation and synapse development. Using a functional genomic approach, I identified a series of candidate genes implicated in these processes during my postdoctoral training. In my independent position, my lab has focused on the characterization of two genes (Mad3, SynDIG1) identified from my initial DNA microarray screen that were not previously known to function in neural development.