Dr. Beth Bearce was a doctoral candidate in the Lowery Lab at Boston College when this interview was conducted. She has sense successfully defended her dissertation. Beth studies the embryonic cells that later develop and differentiate to create almost all tissues of the face.
“I study the basic structural mechanics that allow these cells to move and infiltrate the regions that they need to populate in order to form craniofacial features, so I am quintessentially a cell biologist by training-- but I am fascinated by this tissue's niche in evolution as well. The idea that one cell type can go on to create so many different facial morphologies-- from fish lips, to bird beaks, to human skulls, and everything between-- is wild to me!”