Laboratory Members

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Craig Lowe
Principal Investigator

Craig's background is in computer science, bioinformatics, and developmental genetics, which spans both computational and experimental research. He is a new faculty member in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, as of June 2018, and is actively recruiting graduate students with interests in better understanding vertebrate animals, how they adapt, and their genetic risk/protection from disease.

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Eric Au
Staff Researcher

Eric's background is in applied mathmatics, but he also has over five years of experience with stickleback fish and worked in Stanford's Genome Center for a year. Eric is currently working on new computational frameworks for representing genetic variation within a species. Eric is also interested in applying advances in image processing to questions in genetics and behavior.

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Riley Mangan
Graduate Student (rotating)

Riley is a first-year graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) and a graduate of Davidson College. Riley is currently interested in combining tools from evolutionary biology, comparative genomics, and developmental neuroscience to answer questions about human-unique evolutionary processes and disease mechanisms.

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Mollie Sweeney
Graduate Student (rotating)

Mollie is a first-year graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB). Mollie is working to better annotate the stickleback genome with the location of key gene regulatory elements that become active in specific tissues and at specific time points during development.

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Sophie Campione
Graduate Student (rotating)

Sophie is a first-year graduate student in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (DSCB). Sophie is working to computationally infer the mutations that separate extant genomes, along with estimating the historical genomes that existed at various time points.

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Christiana Fauci
Graduate Student (rotating)

Christi is a first-year graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG). The chicken has a rich history of being used as a model organism in developmental biology and was one of the first vertebrate genomes to be sequenced. It has advantages over other organisms, such as sharing many aspects of human development, yet developing outside the mother where it can be continually imaged. However, since the chicken genome was published in 2004, development of genetic and genomic techniques have not kept pace with other model organisms. Christi is working hard to change this and have molecular techniques in the chick once again be on the leading edge of biology.

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Graduate Student

We are looking for new graduate students to join us who share an interest in the genetics of vertebrates. Students may have backgrounds in the life sciences, engineering, mathematics, or any other field of study; we value having people with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives. The lab is affiliated with the: MGM, DSCB, UPE, CMB, CBB, and UPGG graduate programs. If you are interested, please contact Craig or stop by lab to talk.

Former Rotation Students

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Julia Palmucci
Graduate Student

Julia is a graduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology graduate program who rotated in the lab. Julia is interested in the interface between genetics and behavior using the stickleback fish as a model system. She used both computational and experimental approaches to better understand which parts of the stickleback genome may encode complex behaviors.