Ching-Ho Chang wins TAGC travel award

Ching-HoChangThe Genetics Society of America awarded Ching-Ho Chang with a travel award to present his work at the Population, Evolutionary & Quantitative Genetics (PEQG) meeting this summer in Orlando, Florida. The PEQG meeting is part of The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) – a giant conference combining meetings from 7 different genetics communities for the first time. Ching-Ho is a 2nd year grad student in the Larracuente lab. He will present his work on Y chromosome evolution in Drosophila. Congratulations, Ching-Ho!

EEB seminar 4/21: Dr. Michael Lynch

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Please join us for a special EEB seminar on 4/21 at 3:30pm in Lander Auditorium. Dr. Michael Lynch will present a talk titled “Mutation, Drift, and the Origin of Cellular Features”. Dr. Lynch is the Distinguished Professor of Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Firefly genome project is a SMRT grant finalist!

Fireflies! These silent fireworks on warm summer nights fill us with wonder. But so much about these fascinating critters remains shrouded in mystery- from the details of how they light up their lanterns to the way some species are disappearing. The Larracuente lab is part of a diverse group of biologists collaborating to sequence the genome of the Big Dipper Firefly, Photinus pyralis, your common backyard firefly. This project is part of the PacBio “Explore your most interesting genome contest” contest. If you’d like to see the firefly genome sequenced, please go to the firefly genome project page and place a vote. Voting opens Monday, April 11 and runs through Sunday, May 1st. One person can vote once per day. Help us shed light on the genome of these captivating creatures!

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Biology seminar 3/24: Dr. Cedric Feschotte

Dr. Cedric Feschotte will give a talk titled “Regulatory evolution of feschottemammalian innate immunity via co-option of endogenous retroviruses” Thursday 3/24 at 3:30pm in the Lander auditorium. Dr. Feschotte is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. His lab studies transposable elements and genome biology.