Great news – Kevin has been accepted to the Bioinformatics graduate program at the University of Michigan. But we’ll still have the pleasure of his company for a few more months.
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.
Logan Blair from the Integrative Genetics and Genomics graduate group has joined the lab. He will be working on the origin and evolution of cis-regulatory sequences in Drosophila.
Giovanni Hanna from the Integrative Genetics and Genomics graduate group has joined the lab. His work will focus on the development and evolution of male (and perhaps also female) reproductive organs.
David receives an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for his work on the evolution of novel sensory systems. His project will focus on how the new organs acquire their unique repertoire of effector genes.
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.