Mark the date – Sunday January 11. There’s been plenty of rain on the coast so far, so we have reasons to be optimistic about the harvest!
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.
Emily Kay is joining our lab, having done some wonderful work in rodents. Emily seemed surprised to hear that 20 days is a long generation time. I am sure that will change.
We are excited for their future, but sad to see them leave:
Daniel is now a graduate student at Stanford, where he will be studying ant behavior and evolution
Don is at the NIH for Intramural Research Training
Jane is back home enjoying some much needed R&R before applying to medical schools.
Good luck, guys!
This was very hard and thankless work, but the DMRT phylogeny, such as it is, is out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24903586. Let us hope it will bring some order to the classification of DMRT paralogs in non-model species.
Gavin has been selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Professors for the Future program. Congratulations!