Kopp Lab

An evolutionary & developmental biology lab

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Gayane receives a PUF grant

Congratulations to Gayane, who has been awarded a Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship for her work on the evolution of sex-specific gene regulation.

Nerisa is going to vet school

Nerisa is leaving our lab this summer to start a veterinary medicine program at Ohio State.  Congratulations!  We’ll miss her – but someone has to develop new cures for flies.

Table Mountain Trip

It seems that weather gods are conspiring against the lab’s ambition of snowshoeing. For the past three years, dry winters made a snowshoe trip impossible. This year, each attempt to schedule a weekend for the snowshoe trip was foiled by mountain storms. But we took advantage of the rainy winter and went to see its effects on Table Mountain, a nearby mesa with breathtaking wildflowers. Dinner and lawn games followed at Slide Hill in Davis!

New lab pets

We’re pleased to introduce the newest members of our lab.

Some cave roaches

show-roach

 

And then there are Olga’s Madagascar millipedes! Check out these cuties:

millipedes

7th annual lab mushroom hunting trip!

Yet another mushroom hunt, yet another success.  Conditions were challenging (i.e. – rain), and mushrooms were surprisingly thin on the ground.  But, with due enthusiasm and perseverance, we found enough mushrooms of a few different species to enjoy a nice dinner afterward.  The menu featured mushroom minestrone soup, shaggy parasol and honey mushroom risotto, sauteed winter chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms, and candy-cap cookies.

Kevin is accepted to his top-choice graduate program

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.

Logan Blair joins the lab

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 joins the lab

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 DDIG

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.

Murder Mystery Party

murder-mystery-partyNovember 6 – Zach organized a great murder mystery party, set in the Prohibition era.  The lab turned out to be full of gangsters, bootleggers, and other disreputable characters.  Hardly a surprise.

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