Welcome to the Fish Evo Devo Geno Lab!
Our research focuses on genomic and morphological change in vertebrates over long macro-evolutionary timescales. We utilize diverse groups of fishes such as gar, bowfin, zebrafish, medaka, and killifishes as model systems to answer fundamental questions about the developmental and genomic basis of major transitions during vertebrate animal evolution, including our own human lineage.
Our integrative research program combines comparative genomics with experimental developmental studies of gene functions to answer questions that have long interested evolutionary biologists:
(1) How does biodiversity arise from diversification of genome content by gen(om)e duplication and gene loss?
(2) How do changes in gene regulation contribute to evolutionary novelties and key innovations?
(3) How can evolutionary genetic principles be applied to improve the understanding of human disease?
See also our Killi-Kits, a STEM outreach tool that uses Pearlfish and other killifishes.
We received a $1.6 Mio. NSF IOS EDGE grant together with our collaborators Allyse Ferrara and Solomon David from Nicholls State University! More info here via MSU Today and NSF IOS.