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?
Check out Cameron's interview with The Sci-Files on zebrafish neural crest Evo-Devo:
Thanks to NSF IOS for supplemental funding to support post-baccalaureate student Rachel Alcorn over the next year to work on garnomics!
Cameron leaves for graduate school at University of Colorado Anschutz. So long, and thanks for all the fish!
Undergraduate Research Assistants Cameron and Rachel graduate - congrats to your achievement awards! We're glad you stay on to push our science forward!
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.