Hey guys – the Murder Mystery Party will take place November 6 at the lab headquarters. Thanks to Zach for organizing it! Do your best to make him proud.
Research in our lab spans the boundaries between evolution, development, ecology, and molecular genetics. We are interested in the molecular mechanisms of evolutionary changes in morphology, behavior, and ecological adaptations. We use developmental genetics and genomics to gain a deeper understanding of the molecular pathways that control animal development. At the same time, comparative approaches help us understand how these pathways evolve, and what changes in these pathways are responsible for the origin and diversification of new structures and processes. Ultimately, we want to understand how changes in DNA affect development and cell differentiation to produce new phenotypes, and determine the roles of selection and demographic forces in shaping the evolution of developmental pathways.
Yige Luo, a recent graduate of Peking University, joins our lab and the PBG Graduate Group in September 2015. Yige has done some great work on the pheromones of a very unusual fly species.
More about Ammon’s work on the evolution of electrical organs in fish here: https://ammonthompson.wordpress.com/cv/
Ammon is joining our lab as a postdoc in September 2015.
Zach Farrow, a BMCDB graduate student, joins the lab. Zach’s previous background is in visual system development in mice.
This well-deserved award will help Gavin examine the convergent evolution of regulatory sequences that control sexually dimorphic traits. Congratulations!