Ever since Darwin proposed models to explain expansions in the tree of life, such as speciation, biologists have debated the underlying molecular mechanisms. They have also sought to understand how human activity has changed our ecosystems and biodiversity, leading some to predict significant species extinction events are underway now.

Today an unprecedented access to detailed large-scale genomic data has provided biologists with the tools to better understand these processes. One of the many outcomes of this revolution is the potential to pinpoint many key traits found in wild and laboratory populations. Our lab is investigating these new hypotheses using the wide variety of samples we have retrieved from field studies, as well as the manipulation of laboratory populations.

Our lab leads or manages over 30 vertebrate and invertebrate genome sequencing, assembly and analysis projects. Active projects include upgrading low coverage assemblies of several mammals, the reference genomes of cynomolgus macaque, vervet, cat, house, tsetse and sand flies, and sequencing of sex chromosomes. Our lab looks forward to continued success with collaborators as we seek biological insight from the genetic blueprints of life for a wide array of fascinating species.

If you are interested in collaborating on a genome sequencing and analysis project, see below for a list of organisms we work on:

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • Invertebrates (including Porifera, Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Ecdysozoa)

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