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?
Thompson et al. (2022) Genome of the Rio Pearlfish (Nematolebias whitei), a bi-annual killifish model for Eco-Evo-Devo in extreme environments
Red the MSU Today story here.
We are glad to have contributed to the GenoFish Consortium that used genome structure analyses of many new fish genomes to resolve one of the most stubborn nodes of teleost fish phylogeny. After decades long debates, it turns out that the previously least suspicious solution is the one: Elopomorpha (eels and tarpons) and Osteoglossomorpha (bony tongues) are each others closest relatives.
Two special members of our lab family move on to new positions:
The Rio Pearlfish genome article is published in G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics!
See Ingo's talk on the Bowfin Genome project from the Genomes of Animals & Plants Virtual Conference.
We have a new Zebrafish Facility Manager: Gia! Thanks to Taylor for all the good work keeping our facility afloat during the pandemic!
Three new undergraduate researchers are joining the team: Daniel, Chloe, and Keyana.
Our lab manager retires. Thanks for everything, Camilla - we will miss you!
Three new PhD students join the lab - our international lab is growing!
Welcome Jamily, Brooke, and Hao!
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!
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.