Continuous tooth replacement in mammals: revealing the fundamental processes in tooth generation and movement

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This proposal will investigate how molar teeth are made in mammals. To do this I will examine the nabarlek, or little rock-wallaby, which is one of a handful of mammals that is able to regenerate new molars throughout its life. These new teeth migrate through the bone in order to move into the correct position in the mouth. By investigating two well-studied organisms, the mouse and the tammar wallaby, as well as the nabarlek itself, the developmental processes and genes involved in molar generation and movement will be revealed. The project will integrate findings in regenerative medicine, evolutionary biology, materials engineering and palaeontology to reveal the mechanisms and origins of this astounding capability.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date31/12/1330/04/19

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD555,320.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD183,848.00