Hello! My name is Paul Bump and I am a postdoc in the Srivastava Lab at Harvard Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. I currently study the evolutionary and developmental origins of stem cells in the acoel flatworm Hofstenia miamia.
I completed my PhD in Biology in the Lowe Lab at Stanford University and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
In my work I am broadly interested in lesser-known and underrepresented groups of animals, which can provide novel perspectives to advance fundamental cell biology research. Because most of what we know about comes from the study of a small group of model organisms, the broader diversity of marine animals offers unique and untapped opportunities for studying these processes. What I enjoy about my work is that it encourages me to think comparatively but also appreciate diversity as one of the major gifts in our understanding of science.