Our new project on sexual dimorphism in three-spined sticklebacks (w/ Jeff McKinnon and Katie Peichel) was funded by NIH! BALALAB now does fish!
Melissa (right) worked in the lab over the last year after taking my "Genome Evolution" course. She's been working on aspects of pigmentation genetics in zebra finches. Congrats Mellisa on a job well done!
Its official! Nearly 20 years after I netted my first manakin, and ~maybe 15 since I abandoned a manakin-centric Ph.D. project, I am at last involved in research (coordination) on these amazing birds (and their genomes). Our RCN proposal "Enabling comparative studies of the process and products of sexual selection in a genomic context" has been funded by the National Science Foundation! This promises to be an exciting effort involving some folks I've known for a while, but never collaborated with: @BetteLoiselle(fearless leader!), @birdfiddler, Emily DuVal, Brandt Ryder, Mike Braun, Mike Webster, @monimunozto & Kim Hughes, some folks I'm really excited to get to know and work with: Thorney Staples, Marco Pizo, as well as some folks with whom I've transcriptomed before :Barney Schlinger and Lainy Day (yes, using transcriptome as a verb). This all got its start from a catalysis meeting at good 'ol #NESCENT.
As part of their beet testing program Oxford Nanopore has been giving select research groups around the world a chance to play with their new device, the MinIon Sequencer. We are honored to be among those labs. The MinION is an amazing device that provides extra long sequencing reads on a device the size of thumb drive. The hope is to be able to use this technology to sequence complex parts of genomes.
Dr. Scott Edwards of Harvard University and the National Science Foundation will visit ECU on March 20, 2015. Dr. Edwards is a renowned evolutionary biologist and ornithologist, serving recently as president of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Genetic Association. He is best known as a pioneer in developing genomic approaches for the study of ecology and evolution and has made seminal contributions in phylogenetic theory. Recent discoveries from his research group include the finding that hummingbirds have evolved the ability to taste "sweet" by modifying the ancestral "umami" taste receptor. Dr. Edwards also starred in the SyFy channel TV show "Beast Legends". Dr. Edwards is currently serving as the Division Director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI). In that capacity he will present a lecture at noon (Bate 1032) to discuss "Funding opportunities in biology at NSF: a perspective from Division of Biological Infrastructure". At 4PM (Science & Technology C-209) he will also present a research seminar "Unifying genome function and history in avian phylogeography and phylogenetics".