The Briscoe, Emerson, Gaut, Kvon, Lee, Long, and Thornton labs at the University of California, Irvine are looking for prospective Ph.D. students to join us. Research in our labs probes the connection between variation in genes and genomes and how that affects organismal phenotypes. These labs specialize on topics in evolutionary genetics, including genome structural variation, evo-devo, epigenomics, genomics of domestication, transposable element evolution, experimental evolution, molecular evolution of the visual system, the genetics of complex traits, population and behavioral genetics. The common theme is that we combine evolutionary biology with genomics approaches (3rd-generation sequencing, transcriptomics, epigenomics, 3D genomics, genome editing etc) to understand the evolutionary causes and functional consequences of natural variation. Our students train in both “wet” and “dry” lab approaches. While many specialize in bioinformatics and big data methodologies, others carry out cutting-edge genomics experiments or specialize in dissecting organismal traits (e.g, domestication, vision, Lyme disease). There is strong interaction and collaboration across labs, and co-advising is common and welcome. Each lab also has a strong dedication to individual development and mentoring.
We are part of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (https://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu/), the Center for Evolutionary Genetics (https://evogen.bio.uci.edu/), and Center for Complex Biological Systems (https://ccbs.uci.edu/), which is a vibrant multi-disciplinary center.
More information about the research interests of individual labs can be found at
Adriana Briscoe: https://visiongene.bio.uci.edu/Adriana_Briscoe/Home.html
J.J. Emerson: http://emersonlab.org/
Brandon Gaut: https://www.gautlab.bio.uci.edu/
Evgeny Kvon: https://www.kvonlab.org/
Grace Lee: http://grylee.science/
Tony Long: http://wfitch.bio.uci.edu/~tdlong/sandvox/
Kevin Thornton: https://www.molpopgen.org
We accept students through three graduate programs
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (https://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu/graduates/admissions/, deadline Dec 1st, 2021)
Cell and Molecular Biology – Genetics, Epigenetics, and Genomics track (https://cmb.uci.edu/admissions/, deadline Dec 1st, 2021)
Mathematical Cellular and Systems Biology (https://ccbs.uci.edu/education/mcsb/admissions/, deadline Dec 10th, 2021)
Interested applicants should contact PIs beforehand to directly discuss which graduate programs may be the best to apply to.
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