Jennifer Brisson –Research in the laboratory investigates the molecular genetic basis of morphological evolution. We’re interested in the interplay of nature and nurture in affecting final adult morphology. We use a variety of approaches including genetics, genomics, and developmental biology. – Lab webpage
Nancy Chen (Coming 7/18) – Our lab develops pedigree-based population genetic inference methods and apply them to long-term demographic studies to answer two main questions: what evolutionary forces shape patterns of genetic variation through space and time, and what are the genomic consequences of population decline?
Tom Eickbush –Our laboratory studies mobile elements and the influences they exert upon eukaryotic genomes. Our model systems are the R1 and R2 retrotransposons which insert specifically into the 28S rRNA genes of their hosts. – Lab webpage
Justin Fay – We are broadly interested in the genetic basis of evolutionary change and specifically interested in the role of changes in gene regulation. We combine analysis of gene expression with population genetic and molecular evolution models to understand when changes in cis-regulatory sequences matter. – Lab webpage
Jim Fry – We use dietary ethanol in Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, as a model system for studying the genetics of adaptation.
John Jaenike – Our research deals with questions at the interface of ecology and evolution, with a specific focus on host-parasite interactions, X-chromosome meiotic drive, and the contribution of Wolbachia to reproductive isolation and sex-ratio bias in natural populations of Drosophila.
Dave Lambert – We are interested in the roles of basic cellular behaviors in embryonic patterning. At the same time, we examine how the structures of developmental and cellular processes influence patterns of evolutionary change. We address these questions using the embryos of the snail Ilyanassa. – Lab webpage
Amanda Larracuente – Our lab integrates genomic, cytological and molecular approaches to study selfish DNA and its impact on genome evolution. Our primary interest is in satellite DNA (repetitive DNA typically found at centromeres and telomeres) and meiotic drive. – Lab webpage
Bob Minckley – Our lab is interested in bee biogeography and diversity, bee-plant succession, patterns of host use in desert bees, the ecological and evolutionary advantages of pollen specialization in bees, and conservation of pollinators. – Lab webpage
Allen Orr – Our work focuses on speciation, adaptation, and extinction. We study these topics with both theory and experiment. In theory work, we are interested in adaptation in phenotypic and molecular models. In experimental work, we are primarily interested in the genetic basis of speciation. – Lab webpage
Daven Presgraves – Our lab studies a variety of questions in evolutionary genetics using Drosophila as a model system. We combine classical, molecular, and population genetics to study the genetics of speciation, the evolution of recombination, and the selfish meiotic drive gene complex Segregation Distorter. – Lab webpage
Jack Werren – Our areas of interest are evolutionary and functional genetics. We combine genetic, genomic, molecular, and population approaches to investigate basic questions in biology using Nasonia as a model system. – Lab webpage