Ariel Pani

Assistant Professor of Biology
310 PLSB
(434) 243-6413


  • B.A., Cornell University, College Scholar in Organismal Biology, 2004
  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Evolutionary Biology, 2013
  • Postdoctoral, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013-2019

Recent Publications

  • Gordon KL*, Payne SG*, Linden-High LM*, Pani AM, Goldstein B, Hubbard JA, Sherwood DR. Ectopic germ cells can induce niche-like enwrapment by body wall muscle. Current Biology 29: 828-833.e5

  • Pani AM, Goldstein B (2018) Direct visualization of a native Wnt in vivo reveals that a long-range Wnt gradient forms by extracellular dispersal. eLife 7:e38325 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.38325 (recommended by F1000)

  • Heppert JK, Pani AM, Roberts AM, Dickinson DJ, Goldstein B (2018) A CRISPR tagging-based screen reveals localized players in Wnt-directed asymmetric cell division. Genetics 208: 1147-1164 (cover article)

  • Darras S, Fritzenwanker J, Uhlinger K, Farrelly E, Pani AM, Hurley I, Norris R, Osowitz M, Terasaki M, Wu M, Aronowicz J, Kirschner M, Gerhart J, Lowe CJ (2018) Anteroposterior patterning by early canonical Wnt signaling during hemichordate development. PLoS Biology 16: e2003698 

  • Linden LM, Gordon KL, Pani AM, Payne SG, Garde A, Burkholder D, Chi Q, Goldstein B, Sherwood DR (2017) Identification of regulators of germ stem cell enwrapment by its niche in C. elegans. Developmental Biology 429: 271-284

  • Dickinson DJ, Pani AM, Heppert J, Higgins CD, Goldstein B (2015) Streamlined genome engineering with a self-excising drug selection cassette. Genetics 200: 1035-1049. (more than 500 Addgene plasmid requests)