Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1996
Office: 332 Biology Building
Phone: (985) 549-3029
Office Hours: by appointment
Teaching Expertise: Animal Physiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Comparative Endocrinology,Environmental Physiology
Links:Valverde Lab Page
Research Interests: My laboratory is interested in the study of the structural and functional evolution of the vertebrate stress system. Currently the lab is focusing on the characterization of the physiology of the stress response in the freshwater turtle Trachemys scripta. The techniques involved in these studies include molecular cloning, in vitro expression of macromolecules, the biochemical and molecular analyses of these molecules, and others.
Other research interests include the study of development of vertebrates, with an emphasis on reptilian species. Particularly the lab is investigating the regulatory role of the environment on vertebrate embryo development, particularly that of sea turtles. Fostering international collaborative programs, especially with Latin American institutions, is an important component of the research effort led by my lab.