Department of Biology
I am interested in molecular evolution and empirical population genetics. A major research focus of my lab is the functional significance of genetic variation in protein-coding genes, with a particular emphasis on synonymous variation, as it may impact translational accuracy and/or efficiency, as well as mRNA splicing and stability. Current projects in my lab include: 1) experimental alteration of codon bias in bacterial antibiotic resistance genes, 2) analysis of codon usage in hemimetabolous and holometabolous insect genomes, and 3) transcriptome profiling of cave and surface populations of the freshwater amphipod Gammarus minus, with an aim toward identifying and characterizing patterns of variation in differentially regulated genes.
PhD, College of William and Mary
MS, Florida Institute of Technology
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara