- Meredith Protas
Meredith Protas, PhD
Before joining the Dominican faculty, Meredith did research at UC Berkeley on cave-dwelling crustaceans and studied the genetic basis of human eye disease in her research work at UCSF. Currently, she uses genetic, molecular, and developmental techniques to answer evolutionary questions about cave animals.
Harvard University, PhD, Genetics
Pomona College, BA, Biology
Meredith works on a crustacean species that has both surface-dwelling and cave-dwelling populations with extreme differences in eye size, pigmentation, and appendage length. Her goal, and that of her team, is to investigate the genetics and developmental biology behind these differences and to understand how and why these characteristics evolved.