Postdoc Receives Fellowship Funding

Alice Accorsi, PhD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral research associate in the Sánchez Alvarado Lab, recently received $20,000 in fellowship funding from the American Association of Anatomists (AAA). The award is designed to encourage scientific exploration and cutting-edge approaches to research.

Accorsi’s research utilizes Pomacea canaliculata, which is a large freshwater snail. This snail has the fascinating ability to regenerate a damaged or entirely lost eye. The camera eye of the snail, which is a single-chambered eye comprising cornea, iris, lens, retina, and optic nerve, is similar to a vertebrate eye. Accorsi is probing the molecular and cellular processes underlying P. canaliculata eye development to better understand what orchestrates the adult eye regeneration. Her results could prove helpful for efforts aimed at replacing damaged or diseased human eyes.