Wright lab Journal club, May 17, 2018
From left: Madeline Jarvis-Cross, George Sandler, Samantha Troendle, Stephen Wright, Felix Beaudry, Zoë Humphries, Julia Kreiner, Joanna Rifkin, Tyler Kent, Anna O’Brien, Solomiya Hnatovska, Jasmina Uzunovic, Haoran Xue
Emily Glasgow, Laboratory Technician (Barrett/Wright/Stinchcombe labs)
Emily completed her MSc at the University of Guelph with Jocelyn Smith focusing on pheromone type genotyping and Cry1F resistance in the European corn borer. She joined the Wright, Stinchcombe, and Barrett labs as Lab Technician in January 2023
Mark did his PhD with Matthew Hahn at Indiana University Bloomington, where he developed new theory and methods for inferring and accounting for the effects of introgression in phylogenomics. In his postdoc Mark is using phylogenomic approaches to study the evolutionary causes and consequences of mating system and sex chromosome variation in Rumex.
Zoë Humphries, PhD Student, Co-supervised by Spencer Barrett
Zoë did her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, where she worked on a number of projects including studying molecular phylogenetics of fungi. For her graduate work she is studying the evolution of DNA methylation on the sex chromosomes of Rumex
Tyler Kent– PhD Student
Tyler completed his undergraduate degree in Genetics and Genomics at the University of California, Davis where he worked with Jeff Ross-Ibarra. His graduate work focuses on genome structure and evolution and linked selection in plants.
Cassandre Pyne, PhD Student
Cassandre completed her MSc at the University of Guelph with Elizabeth Mandeville where she focused on the genetic basis of sex determination in Catostomus fishes. Cassandre’s interests include bioinformatics, population genomics, and sex chromosome evolution. Part of her PhD will focus on neo-sex chromosome introgression in Rumex hastatulus.
Joanna Rifkin- Postdoctoral Fellow (Baucom lab, University of Michigan)
Joanna did their PhD with Mark Rausher at Duke University, where they studied the genetics and population genetics of mating system evolution in morning glories. At the University of Toronto, they worked on the evolution of recombination suppression and the comparative genomics of sex chromosome evolution in the genus Rumex, and are now working jointly with the Wright Lab and the Baucom Lab at the University of Michigan on the evolution of flower color and invasion in Hesperis matronalis.
Bianca Sacchi- M.Sc. Student
Bianca completed her undergraduate degree in molecular genetics at the University of Alberta where she worked on the population genetics of lodgepole pine. She is currently studying the population genomics of gene expression in Capsella grandiflora.
George Sandler- PhD Student, Co-supervised by Aneil Agrawal
George did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto working with Stephen Wright and Spencer Barrett on the role of haploid selection in plant sex chromosome evolution. He is currently working on projects related to the evolution, maintenance and consequences of sexual reproduction in duckweed.
Stephen I. Wright- Professor
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Stephen got his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2003, working with Deborah Charlesworth, and did a postdoc at the University of California, Irvine, with Brandon Gaut. His research interests are focused on genome evolution, genomic conflicts, and population genomics.
Haoran Xue – PhD Candidate, co-advised with Spencer Barrett
Haoran did his undergraduate degree at Peking University in China, where he worked on several projects including the intraspecific molecular phylogeny of the tiger. He is currently studying the genetic architecture of tristyly, a genetic polymorphism that reduces selfing and promotes outcrossing, in Eichhornia paniculata.
Meng Yuan – PhD Candidate, co-advised with John Stinchcombe
Meng did her undergrad at Sichuan University studying bioinformatics. She is interested in plant gametophytic selection and the evolution of sexual conflict. Her thesis interests span a wide range of species, and she is combining experiments with pollen competition and population genomic analyses to understand the genome-wide importance of haploid selection.