Developmental biologist Mary Baylies studies the mechanisms that form and maintain muscle both during normal development and in disease. 

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Selected Achievements

Developed a Drosophila model for metastasis in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer most often seen in children

Demonstrated that properly placed nuclei are critical for healthy muscle function

Described how nuclear polarization occurs during myonuclear movement in vivo

Completed the first spatial and temporal characterization of an F-actin structure that forms at the myoblast fusion site

Identified transcription factors and chromatin regulators that are critical for muscle identity

Identified 3-D arrangement of myoblasts that occur during muscle specification and morphogenesis

Discovered signal transduction pathways (Notch, Wnt, BMP, and RTK) and transcription factors that are critical for muscle identity

President of the Society for Muscle Development (2009-2013)

Frederick Adler Chair for Junior Faculty (1997-2003)