News

  • May 2019: Emma Esterman receives the Kaminsky Undergraduate Research Award to carry out research in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Lang (Memorial University) in summer 2019.
  • May 2019: Emma Esterman wins a grand prize in Made At Dartmouth Research: Video Competition!
  • April 2019: Emma Esterman wins a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship!
  • April 2019: Our lab alumna (REU intern) Marya Poterek will start graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in the fall 2019.
  • October 2018: Emma Esterman received a Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health and spent Winter 2019 term doing research in Dr. Eugene Koonin's laboratory at the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, MD.
  • October 2018: The educational resource "Lichen takes more than two to tango" is now published and available to high-school and college educators.
  • September 2018: Our lab alumna Camille Hankel will be starting graduate studies at Harvard this fall.
  • September 2018: Alexa Tucker'20 has joined our lab as an undergraduate Presidential Scholar.
  • September 2018: Roman Kogay has joined our lab as a EEES graduate student.
  • July 2018: Olga Zhaxybayeva was named 2018-2019 academic year Douglas C. Floren Fellow.
  • Summer and Fall 2018: Emma Esterman'20 got awarded a Presidential Research Scholarship to continue her work in the lab.
  • May 2018: Isaac Gluck'19 got a summer internship in the AppNexus company in NYC.
  • May 2018: Anne Farrell got accepted into the MBL Workshop on Molecular Evolution and got awarded Jenks Prize (Dartmouth) to help cover the travel costs.
  • Spring 2018: Emma Esterman'20 got awarded a Sophomore Research Scholarship to continue her work in the lab.
  • Spring 2018: Isaac Gluck'19 got Mellam Family Foundation research award for continuing independent research.
  • January 2018: We got visited by Charles Darwin!
  • December 2017: Our study about the evolution of gene transfer agents is published in the Virus Evolution journal.
  • 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.
  • 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.