News

  • November 2017: Zhengshuang Hua has joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • October 2017:Isaac Gluck'19 got the Mellam Family Foundation Research Award to work in the lab in Winter term.
  • October 2017: Our study about the evolution of gene transfer agents is in press in the Virus Evolution journal.
  • September 2017: Our study about the evolution of gene transfer agents is available in bioRxiv.
  • September 2017: Professor Rosie Redfield (University of British Columbia) is visiting our lab for three months as part of her sabbatical.
  • September 2017: Emma Esterman'20 has joined our lab as an undergraduate research assistant.
  • September 2017: Our study of bacterial response to fluctuating temperature is published in Extremophiles.
  • June 2017: Our study of microbial diversification is published in PNAS: [Press Release].
  • May 2017: Marya Poterek (University of Notre Dame) has joined our lab for the summer as NSF REU fellow.
  • April 2017: Our work on evolution of Erwinia tracheiphila is featured in the Scientific American article.
  • February 2017: We have received an NSF REU supplement grant to host a summer intern to work on GTA evolution.
  • December 2016: Amy Zhang's Gene Transfer Agent art is now displayed on the 3rd floor of the Life Sciences Center and in a conference room on Level 0.
  • September 2016: Shannon Soucy (Ph.D., University of Connecticut) has joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • September 2016: Annie Farrell has joined the lab as a EEES graduate student.
  • July 2016: Our insights on how a bacterium adapts to growth at any temperature between 20 and 79 degrees Celcius is now available as a BioRxiv preprint.
  • June 2016: Our work on characterizing the evolution of the apparently multi-locus gene transfer agent "genome" in Rhodobacter capsulatus is published in Molecular Biology and Evolution journal: [Open Access Article].
  • May 2016: Camille Hankel (undergraduate student at Georgetown University) has joined our lab as a summer research associate.
  • May 2016: Our collaboration with Amy Zhang'17, a Dartmouth Stamps Scholar, on artistic rendition of GTA structure and assembly is featured in the Dartmouth Now article.
  • April 2016: Xin Chen has been awarded a Young Investigator Travel Grant to present her research at the Halophiles 2016 conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • April 2016: Our work on the evolution of emerging plant pathogen Erwinia tracheiphilais currently among 50 most-read GBE articles.
  • April 2016: Our lab alumnus Milo Johnson'13 (currently a graduate student at Harvard University) is one of the 2016 recipients of the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships!
  • April 2016: Our lab alumnus Daniel Birnbaum'14 will be starting graduate school in the bioengineering program at Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Science in the fall 2016.
  • February 2016: Our work on the evolution of emerging plant pathogen Erwinia tracheiphila is accepted for publication in Genome Biology and Evolution: [Open Access Article].
  • January 2016: We got funded by the National Science Foundation to study evolution of gene transfer agents in marine bacteria.
  • November 2015: GTAs are featured in an article in the Microbe magazine on Six Things You Might Not Know about Mitochondria.
  • June 2015: A review on thermoadaptation and evolution of mesophily and thermophily is out in Canadian Journal of Microbiology.
  • June 2015: In collaboration with Lori Shapiro (Harvard) we have sequenced a genome of an emerging plant pathogen Erwinia tracheiphila. Check out what this bacterium does to a cucumber plant.
  • May 2015: The proposal on epigenetics in haloarchaea has been funded by the NASA Astrobiology Program.
  • March 2015: Xin Chen (Ph.D., SUNY) has joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • January 2015: Our report of the first Thermotogales virus is out: [PubMed]. Surprisingly, the virus preferentially packages a selfish genetic element instead of its own genome!
  • December 2014: Paper on biogeography of bacteria inhabiting deep biosphere has appeared in the ISME Journal. Media Coverage: [MotherBoard] [Space Daily][Scientific American]
  • November 2014: In the Spotlight...
  • September 2014: Our paper on characterization of a hyper-conserved protein in marine picocyanobacteria is accepted to the PLoS One journal: [PubMed].
  • August 2014: Olga Zhaxybayeva is featured in Dartmouth Now article.
  • June 2014: Olga Zhaxybayeva is appointed as the Simons Foundation Investigator in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems starting August 1, 2014.
  • May 2014: Taylor Neely'16 has received a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholarship to work in our lab during 2014-2015 academic year.
  • May 2014: Irene Feng'17 has received a Sophomore Science Scholarship to work in our lab during 2014-2015 academic year.
  • April 2014: Olga's collaborative project with the Hopkins Center for the Arts has culminated in a concert.
  • February 2014: The proposal on Gene Transfer Agents' evolution has been funded by the Neukom Institute (CompX).
  • January 2014: The proposal (jointly with Camilla Nesbo) on temperature adaptation in Kosmotoga olearia has been funded by the DOE Joint Genome Institute.
  • January 2014: Irene Feng'17 has joined the lab as a WISP intern.
  • September 2013: Migun Shakya has joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • July 2013: A commentary on "Anciently duplicated genes reduce uncertainty in molecular clock estimates" appeared in PNAS.
  • July 2013: Tim Straub has joined the lab as a graduate student.
  • March 2013: A study of photoinactivation in Thalassiosira pseudonana appeared in Photosynthesis Research.
  • January 2013: Halophile population analysis appeared in the Extremophiles journal.
  • November 2012: Book review of "Secret Chambers: The Inside Story of Cells and Complex Life" by Martin Brasier (Oxford University Press) is published in BioScience.
  • September 2012: Olga Zhaxybayeva became Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science.
  • September 2012: The article on Mesotoga continues to be listed among 50 most-read GBE articles.
  • September 2012: Our lab became a member of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences (iQBS).
  • August 2012: The article on Mesotoga was listed among 50 most-read GBE articles in the month of July.
  • July 2012: Article describing the genome of the first mesophilic Thermotogales bacterium is accepted to the Genome Biology and Evolution journal.
  • July 2012: A review on Gene Transfer Agents has been published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.
  • The lab is officially open as of July 1, 2012.