Developmental Biologist Veronica Hinman Joins the Department of Biological Sciences
On September 1, 2006, Veronica F. Hinman, who earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Queensland in Australia, joins the Department of Biological Sciences as Assistant Professor. Her research, which focuses on developmental mechanisms, will enrich the Department's current developmental biology initiatives.
Hinman studies evolution of developmental mechanisms using marine invertebrate embryo and larval models. She compares the organization of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) to discover essential features of animal development and gain a better understanding of how evolutionary changes are incorporated into developmental programs.
After earning her doctorate, Hinman conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Queensland. In 2000, she joined the laboratory of Eric Davidson at the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow. She was hired by Carnegie Mellon after an extensive faculty recruiting effort in 2005.
"The reason that I chose to come to the department is for the people - my future colleagues and students," Hinman says. "Everyone at Carnegie Mellon is excited by science: not only their own particular research but also that of their colleagues in the Department and in the wider scientific community. I see many opportunities for collaboration that will extend my own research into new areas. I'm excited to get out there!"