Some of the basic methods and procedures utilized in research conducted by Amanda Norvell, PhD, Associate Professor in Biology, were highlighted recently in Drosophila Oogenesis: Methods and Protocols, a book published by Humana Press.
Former TCNJ students Letitia Thompson and Kristen Randolph contributed to the article, which appears as Chapter 2 in the book. The piece highlights the benefits of using Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis as a model system to study various aspects of cell function in eukaryotes. It then describes techniques used effectively for isolation of ovarian tissue, egg chamber enrichment at distinct developmental stages, and preparation of tissue for microscopic analysis, among other techniques.
Dr. Norvell’s research involves pattern formation during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis, mRNA localization during development, and regulation of nuclear import and export. The lab uses these techniques on a regular basis.
While perhaps not destined for the NY Times best-seller list, the book, part of a series on methods in Molecular Biology, will no doubt have a devoted following among molecular biologists and researchers, seeking to use the most up-to-date, efficient and successful methods and protocols.
Congratulations to Dr. Norvell and her students on this publication!