Bill Cresko, Principal Investigator
I am a geneticist who specializes in quantitative evolutionary genomics. Our laboratory studies the developmental genetic and genomic basis of evolution in natural populations using a variety of laboratory and field approaches tightly connected to innovation in genomics and quantitative biology. Bill Cresko Bio
Susie Bassham, Senior Research Associate
What are the developmental and genetic bases of evolution in natural populations? Using a variety of molecular genetic tools, I try to uncover genome-scale patterns that underlie phenotypic variation in wild populations of fish, and to direct this knowledge to the study of developmental pathways that contribute to novel or modified morphologies. Susie Bassham Bio
Mark Currey, Senior Research Assistant
I’m interested in understanding the vast variety of life. How is morphological variation, seen in populations of the same species, partitioned among different environments and what are the genetic and genomic factors associated with this partitioning? To get at this I’m investigating the distribution of populations of threespine stickleback in Oregon, looking for patterns of association between phenotype and environment, and ultimately querying the genomes of these populations to associate patterns we see at the phenotypic level with patterns at the genetic and genomic level.
Mark Currey Bio
Emily Beck, Research Associate
I am a geneticist with a long-standing interest in how genetic interactions influence evolutionary dynamics and how those dynamics impact disease states. My doctoral thesis work primarily focused on mitochondrial and nuclear genome interactions as they relate to speciation in Drosophila. As a postdoctoral research fellow, I significantly extended my experiences to focus on host-microbe interactions and their broader influences on progression of disease states in outbred threespine stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Clay Small, Research Associate
The characterization of transcriptomic phenotypes using RNA-seq is a promising approach for understanding how genomes serve as conduits for the origin, maintenance and modification of ecologically relevant traits. To this end, I study the male pregnancy transcriptome in syngnathid fishes, and how genotype-by-environment interactions affect the microbe-associated gastrointestinal transcriptome of threespine stickleback.
Martin Stervander, Postdoctoral Scholar
I am broadly interested in evolutionary biology and ecology, with a passion for birds. In my PhD project, I used traditional and “next generation” DNA sequencing to study speciation processes in several groups of birds, and focused on natural selection on bill morphology. In my postdoc project I keep my eye on the feeding apparatus, but go below the surface to study the development and evolution of the highly derived craniofacial morphology of pipefishes and seahorses. Martin Stervander Bio
Hannah Tavalire, Postdoctoral Scholar
My broad research interests center around determining the genetic and environmental basis for phenotypic traits using genomic and classical quantitative genetics approaches. Specifically, I am interested in how the microbiome is shaped by host and environmental factors and how host-microbe interactions affect host health and fitness in human and fish populations.
Sophia Frantz, Ph.D. Student
I am interested in evolutionary genetics and am researching the genetic determinants of recombination rate variation and the consequences of this variation for evolutionary processes. I am co-advised by Dr. Nadia Singh.
Hope Healey, Ph.D. Student
I am interested in the developmental genetic basis of novel teleost morphologies. In particular, I am fascinated by syngnathids due to their highly modified traits and alterations in key developmental gene families. I hope to understand how gene regulatory networks have been modified in syngnathids to create unique morphologies such as their derived craniofacial features. Hope Healey Bio
Starla Chambrose, Undergraduate Researcher; Clark Honors College
My broad research interests include studying the genetic underpinnings of morphological variation and the evolution of developmental pathways. To this end, I am currently investigating the role of the evenskipped gene eve1 in threespine stickleback, which appears to have a role in tooth formation and body axis determination in other teleost models.
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