Fusing Hydractinia colonies

Fusion between two Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus colonies

Welcome to the Nicotra lab

We study allorecognition, which is the ability of most encrusting marine invertebrates—animals like corals and sponges—to distinguish between themselves and other members of their species via cell-cell contact. Our lab seeks to understand the molecular basis, evolutionary history, and medical relevance of invertebrate allorecognition using the colonial hydroid, Hydractinia symbiolongcarpus, as a model system.

Learn More