backResearcher Profile

Ian A. Meinertzhagen

Job Title: Killam Professor in Neuroscience
Employer: Dalhousie University
Place of Birth: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
Further Education: Aberdeen, Scotland (B.Sc. - Physiology), St. Andrews, Scotland (Ph.D. - Zoology; D.Sc. - Science).
Geographic focus of research: Halifax, Nova Scotia; Japan

Brief synopsis of current research:
I am interested in the origin of nervous systems, in ontogeny and evolution, and in their plasticity in adult animals. To examine these questions, I study the simple nervous systems of the ascidian larva, a marine invertebrate which is a prototypical chordate. Most recent research in my lab uses serial EM to plot neural circuits underlying larval swimming and computer graphics methods to reconstruct the nervous system at different stages in its embryonic development, to examine cell-lineage.

Mailing address:
Life Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University,1355 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS
Phone: (902) 494-2131 OR -3746 (lab); Fax: (902) 494-6585
E-mail:
iam@is.dal.ca
Website:
is.dal.ca/~iam/homepage.html

Recent Publications:

Nicol, D. and Meinertzhagen, I.A. (1988). Development of the central nervous system of the larva of the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis L. I. The early lineages of the neural plate. Dev. Biol., 130, 721-736.

Nicol, D. and Meinertzhagen, I.A. (1988). Development of the central nervous system of the larva of the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis L. II. Neural plate morphogenesis and cell lineages during neurulation. Dev. Biol., 130, 737-766.

Nicol, D. and Meinertzhagen, I.A. (1991). Cell counts and maps in the larval central nervous system of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis (L.). J. Comp. Neurol. 309, 415-429.

Vorontsova, M.N., Nezlin, L.P., and Meinertzhagen, I. A. (1997). Nervous system of the larva of the ascidian Molgula citrina (Alder and Hancock, 1848). Acta Zool. (Stockh.) 78, 177-185.

I.A. Meinertzhagen, Cole, A.G. and Stanley, S. (2000). The central nervous system, its cellular organisation and cell lineage, in the tadpole larva of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Acta Biol. Hung 51, (in press, accepted 7/12/99).