Welcome to the lab !!

Here you will find some basic information about who we are, what we do and why we love so much what we do.

CC-BY-SA-3.0 - By Sanjay Acharya, via Wikimedia Commons

CC-BY-SA-3.0 – By Sanjay Acharya, via Wikimedia Commons


In our lab we use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the genetic mechanisms that control the function of stem cells in adult organs.

You can learn more about what we do on our Research Projects page.


But there is more to us than our research interests. Check our Lab Members page and you will get to meet the people behind the lab coats.

Thanks for visiting !

Mariano A. Loza-Coll, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Development and Genetics
California State University Northridge

New paper from the lab!

KFLY_10_02_COVER.inddFly recently published Simultaneous control of stemness and differentiation by the transcription factor Escargot in adult stem cells: How can we tease them apart?, an article in collaboration with Prof. Leanne Jones (UCLA) where we share a broader discussion of our previous work on the dual regulatory role of Esg in stem cells and some new data on the regulation by Esg of the cell adhesion molecule DE-cadherin.