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We are recruiting highly motivated postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate trainees. Click the "Contact Us" link above for contact information.

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Pigeonetics: the game!

pigeonetics

Play the fun new virtual pigeon breeder video game and explore heredity at the Genetics Science Learning Center website!

Pigeon genetics research

Members of the pigeon hobbyist community are urged to contact us about our ongoing pigeon genetics project. See the press coverage of our recent publications here!

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Upcoming Events

July 2017: Society for Developmental Biology 76th annual meeting, Minneapolis

July 2017: Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution annual meeting, Austin, TX

August 2017: Pan American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology biennial meeting, Calgary

October 2017: Mavericks, New Models in Developmental Biology. RIKEN, Kobe, Japan

 

Calendar Links

Department of Biology calendar

Campus-wide Bioscience calendar

Genetics Interest Group schedule

Genetic variation and developmental diversity. What effects to different genetic variants have on embryonic and adult development? We use traditional genetics, genomics, and developmental approaches to address this question in pigeons and other species. (Photo credit: Syndey Stringham)

The Genetic and Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Change

What are the genetic and developmental origins of unique traits in natural populations and species of vertebrates? In most cases of trait evolution in natural and domesticated species, we do not know how many genes are involved, which genes are actually responsible for morphological change, whether alterations to these genes affect coding or regulatory regions, or whether the same genes are involved repeatedly in the evolution of similar traits in different populations and species. Our work addresses these major issues.

News

6/2017

Final, paginated version of our "Pigeonetics" review article is now available at Developmental Biology. Open access!

5/2017

We welcome new undergraduate researchers Tyler Gilvarry and Rhiannon Turner!

4/2017

Congratulations to undergrad Raquel Maynez, who received a Society for Developmental Biology "Choose Development" fellowship!

3/2017

Our new paper (part review, part new data) for the special issue of Developmental Biology dedicated to John Saunders in now online:

E.F. Boer, H.F. Van Hollebecke, M.D. Shapiro. Genomic determinants of epidermal appendage patterning and structure in domestic birds. Developmental Biology. Link to accepted manuscript (open access)

3/2017

Welcome to new postdoc Jim Baldwin-Brown! Jim will be co-advised by Mike and by Nitin Phadnis.

1/2017

New publication:

B.M. Boyd, J.A. Allen, N. Nguyen, A.D. Sweet, T. Warnow, M.D. Shapiro, S. Villa, S. Bush, D. Clayton, K.P. Johnson. Phylogenomics using target-restricted assembly resolves intra-generic relationships of parasitic lice (Phthiraptera: Columbicola). Systematic Biology. Link to accepted manuscript.

12/2016

Our collaborative grant on dietary adaptation with Denise Dearing's lab was recommended for funding by NSF!

12/2016

Congratulations to undergrad Hannah van Hollebecke for receiving a University Research Opportunities Program grant to continue her research!

12/2016

We welcome Max Sidesinger, who joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher.

11/2016

Our work is featured in the latest College of Science research report.

11/2016

New in Developmental Biology: E.T. Domyan, M.D. Shapiro. Pigeonetics takes flight: Evolution, development, and genetics of intraspecific variation.

10/2016

Postdoc Elena Boer completed the Gene Regutory Networks for Development course at the Woods Hole MBL.

10/2016

We welcome Raquel Maynez, who joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher.

9/2016

We welcome Emily Maclary, who joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.

7/2016

Mike was named a University of Utah Presidential Scholar for 2016-2019.

7/2016

Anna and Rebecca are presenting their research at The Allied Genetics Conference in Orlando, FL.

5/2016

Congratulations to graduate student Anna Vickrey for receiving a DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America!

4/2016

Congratulations to undergraduate Tennyson George for receiving a Biology Undergraduate Research Program summer research grant!

4/2016

Mike was the guest for Episode 7 of the This Week in Evolution podcast, hosted by Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello.

3/2016

Congratulations to Anna Vickrey for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

3/2016

Our work on the genetics of feathered feet was highlighted in Nature.

3/2016

Mike and Elena presented research updates at the Avian Model Systems 9 conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

3/2016

Postdoc position(s) available!

3/2016

fairy swallowNew paper with the Yandell, Kardon, and Menke labs identifies the genetic and developmental basis of foot feathers in pigeons (with notes on chickens and dinosaurs!):

E.T. Domyan, Z. Kronenberg, C. Infante, A.I. Vickrey, S.A. Stringham, R. Bruders, M.W. Guernsey, S. Park, J. Payne, R. Beckstead, G. Kardon, D.B. Menke, M. Yandell, M.D. Shapiro. Molecular shifts in limb identity underlie development of feathered feet in two domestic avian species. eLife 5:e12115.

Get the open-access (free) paper online here.

See the press release here.

1/2016

Hannah van Hollebecke joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome!

1/2016

Mike gave an update on our research at the Plant and Animal Genomes meeting in San Diego.

1/2016

We received a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates supplement to fund 2 projects in the lab!

 

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