Lab graduate student, Jacob Gardner, was recently accepted into the International Visiting Student program through the Chinese Academy of Sciences, along with a scholarship to fund his residence. For the next academic year, Jacob will study at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology where he will learn techniques for analyzing ancient DNA under Dr. […]
Chris Joins the Montana INBRE program as Senior Bioinformatics Scientist. From our website: “Montana INBRE is a collaborative network of Ph.D.-granting institutions, baccalaureate schools and tribal colleges that invests in Montana’s biomedical research capacity and workforce pipeline. Our aim is to improve the health and well being of all Montanans, and we’re achieving this by […]
Lab Ph.D. student, Jacob Gardner, led a workshop on the four-population test last week. The four-population test is a recently-developed, but fundamental, test in population genomics used to infer population structure and admixture. Jacob wrote a tutorial that uses a sample of the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes to outline the test and replicate the findings […]
We attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Oklahoma City. This was a very well run and fun conference. Kevin presented work on how the branch length units of phylogenies affect comparative analyses. Gia gave a great poster about her work on the intersection of cancer and development. Thanks Rose!
Undergraduate Research Assistants, Gia Fisher, Rudy Hummel, and Kevin Surya, received research grants from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to fund their research projects during the 2017-18 academic year. Gia is working with Chris Organ (lab PI) to develop the very first developmental “phylogeny” and to test if accounting for the shared developmental history […]
Lab Ph.D. student, Jacob Gardner, received a research grant from the Dinosaur Research Institute to collect more data for our ongoing project on the evolution of dinosaur and mammal biomechanics. The Dinosaur Research Institute is a Canadian-based charity that aims to fund research on Canadian dinosaurs. With this grant, Jacob will collect biomechanical lever arm […]
Undergraduate research assistants, Kevin Surya and Jack Wilson, wrote an article for MSU News summarizing the research that was presented by current and former MSU paleontology students and faculty at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in August. This article highlights the strength of MSU’s paleontology research program. Macroevolution Lab students and faculty featured include […]
Chris Organ (middle), Jacob Gardner (left), and Kevin Surya (right) presented their research at the Geological Society of America’s annual conference in late October. Chris (lab PI) gave an invited talk on the importance of using the fossil record in comparative genomics studies. Jacob (Ph.D. student) presented preliminary results for a study on the mode […]
We were interviewed by Ariel Bleicher for a nice article on genome size evolution following recent work by colleagues Aurélie Kapusta, Alexander Suh, and Cedric Feschotte.