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Welcome Colin, Kat, Hope and Nikki

Since November, we’ve added many new faces to the lab!  Welcome to team e-fish! Colin Diesh joins us from Missouri and will be working as a programmer/bioinformatician technician for the next year. Katherine (Kat) Shaw will be our new laboratory

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Jason Gallant Returns to the Mid-Michigan Pet Show

Dr. Jason Gallant was a featured guest on the Mid-Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show, hosted by Lee Cohen and Rick Preuss.  The show was broadcast on September 12th, 2015 on 1320 AM WILS Lansing, but the interview segments are also

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Will Pitchers joins the lab!

We are pleased to announce our new postdoctoral research associate, Will Pitchers, joined the lab on August 1st, 2015.  Will comes from Ian Dworkin’s lab, where he worked on the evolutionary genomics of wing shape in Drosophila.  He received his Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Position in Electric Fish Genomics

A National Science Foundation postdoctoral position is now available in the Electric Fish Laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University (http://efish.zoology.msu.edu) concerning the genomic basis of electric signal diversity in mormyrid electric fish.  Electric signals are

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Jason’s talk at the Michigan State University Genome Editing Reception

The format of the reception featured a discussion by Patrick Hsu,  from Editas Medicine, formerly of Harvard (a feature speaker at last year’s CRISPR Symposium) as well as shorter talks by David Arnosti, Kathy Meek, Eran Andrechek, Keith Latham and

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Pollimyrus isidori are great fathers

We’ve been trying to breed Pollimyrus isidori in the lab for the last couple of months, which are well reputed good parents .  Withstanding some pH problems that we have been having over the past months, we’ve finally witnessed the

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Savvas Constantinou Joins the Lab!

Savvas Constantinou (BS Trinity College ’12; MS Central Connecticut State University ’14) will be joining the Ph.D. program in Integrative Biology at Michigan State University in Fall 2015.  Savvas did his master’s thesis working on classical conditioning in planarian flatworms, and

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Running MAKER Genome Annotation on STARCLUSTER

I’ve been running an experiment trying to implement AWS in some of our bioinformatics projects.  After surveying some nice reviews (Yandell and Ence, 2012), I’ve decided on the MAKER pipeline to get things started.  The basic approach will be to take

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NSF Grant “The Genomic Basis of Electric Signal Diversity” is Funded!

Jason Gallant, assistant professor of Zoology received a $699,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the genomic basis of electric signal diversity in mormyrid electric fish. Electric fish, such as mormyrids, produce weak electric fields for the purposes of

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Electric Fish Christmas Tree

Perhaps the nerdiest of all Christmas decorations I’ve ever put up, here is the official electric fish christmas tree! This christmas tree is not “powered” by electric fish, rather it is controlled by an electric fish. Weakly electric fish continuously

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