Graduate StudentModels of genetic networks grow more complicated as increasing genomic and proteomic data becomes available. Yet to date, the majority of this work has been qualitative (e.g. wiring diagrams), restricted to one cell type (e.g. microbial cells), and non-comparative. My work in the Eisen Lab aims to construct a quantitative model of a metazoan genetic network that is informed by large, comparative data sets. In studying the development of the fly blastoderm I hope to both learn inherent properties of metazoan transcriptional regulation, and heretofore overlooked subtleties in the temporal and spatial dynamics of developmental regulation.