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Welcome to the Kusumi Lab web site. Our lab uses genomic approaches to study the evolution and function of genes that control regeneration and development in vertebrates. Our research on regeneration focuses on the remarkable ability of lizards and frog tadpoles to regenerate musculoskeletal and neural tissues to form a new tail. The laboratory is working to generate genomic and bioinformatic resources for research in green anole (Anolis carolinensis) and the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis). Identification of regenerative mechanisms used by green anoles and frogs and application of these studies to mammalian systems would have a profound impact on the development of future regenerative medical therapies. Our research on evolutionary genomics is currently focused on whole genome sequencing for multiple species of anole lizards (Anolis apletophallus, A. frenatus, A. auratus), the eastern fence lizard (Scleroporus undulatus) and the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii).