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Pavani Perera

Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology She/her/hers


My research focuses on understanding the evolutionary development of the vertebrate enteric nervous system, utilizing the unique model system, the Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus). A. mexicanus is a single species of fish comprising river-adapted 'surface fish' and cave-adapted 'cavefish.' I employ genetic and molecular approaches to investigate the development and function of the enteric nervous system.

Research interests

  • Enteric nervous system
  • Neural crest biology
  • Developmental Biology


  • B.S. in Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2019