- Associate Professor, College of Staten Island
Department of Biology, College of Staten Island (Profile)
Dr. Arenas-Mena initiated his research career at the CSIC, Barcelona, studying the transcriptional regulation of water stress genes in plants. During his postdoctoral research at Caltech, Pasadena, he contributed to the characterization of the gene regulatory network that controls the specification of the endomesoderm in sea urchin embryos, and he also studied the expression of Hox cluster genes during embryonic and postembryonic development. At San Diego State University he studied trascriptional multipotency mechanisms in a polychaete model system that has feeding trochophore larva. Ongoing projects relate to the genome-wide characterization transcriptional regulatory mechanisms during development.