Angus Chandler

atcomp-w-silasAs a graduate student in the Kopp Lab, I characterized the microbes associated with natural populations of diverse species of Drosophila. I then did a two-year postdoc with Shannon Bennett at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where I used shotgun metagenomic sequencing for virus discovery in mosquitoes. I am currently an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley working with Will Ludington and Mike Eisen. My research investigates the relationship between animals, their microbiome, and diet using the Drosophila model system to ask how microbes shape resistance to environmental toxins, in this case ingested ethanol. More information at
David Plachetzki
plachetzkiHow does evolution proceed from common starting points and go on to generate the amazing display of biodiversity we see today? The evolutionary origins of novel and complex forms has puzzled biologists since before Darwin’s time and persists as one of the central questions in evolutionary biology. Research in my lab at UNH seeks shed light on this question using the origins and evolution of the animal sensory systems as a model. Our approach integrates genomics and phylogenetics with wet lab and behavioral experiments. We are most interested in the sensory systems of Cnidaria, which are the evolutionary sister to bilaterians, and in those of other taxa that occupy key positions in the animal tree of life.
Kohtaro Tanaka


In the Kopp lab, I compared the morphogenesis of sex combs and the spatial regulation of Doublesex in different Drosophila species. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at Gulbenkian Science Institute in Lisbon.  I am investigating cis-regulatory mechanisms underlying the expression divergence of gene duplicates in Drosophila species.