Showing posts from January, 2017

Shawn Luttrell: Getting a Head with Regeneration

“In the X-Men franchise, popular character Wolverine has sharp titanium claws, keen animal-senses, and rapid healing powers. These healing powers instantly repair broken limbs, gunshot wounds, and even help him survive a nuclear bomb blast. Now, scientists are trying to unlock the mutant’s healing powers for everyone – using the DNA of a humble worm.” – The Daily Mail 

Regenerating missing and damaged tissue may seem like it’s straight out of science fiction, but this superpower is completely real and quite common in the animal kingdom. Just as the fictional character Wolverine can heal nearly every wound, some real, living animals can not only heal wounds, but many can even regrow missing appendages and organs and multiple lineages can regenerate an entirely new animal from just a small piece of tissue. If you cut sponges, planarian worms, and hydra into pieces, they will regrow complete and normal animals from most, if not all, of the pieces. Nearly every major animal group has mem…

Fresh Insights into UW Biology (Volume 4)

Introducing our first-year grad students! Read on to learn about some of the students in our 2016 cohort. Congrats to the first years on making it through your first quarter in the program. 

Olivia Kosterlitz is broadly interested in evolutionary genetics and genomics, and how genomes change in a population over time in relation to adaptations. Olivia’s previous work in the Clark Lab at the University of Utah consisted of several projects on Tetranychus urticae (two-spotted spider mites) focusing on a complex phenotype. She is now currently rotating through labs in UW biology.  During the Autumn quarter rotation, she worked in the Amemiya Lab on programmed genome rearrangements in a basal vertebrate, lamprey.  Olivia is now rotating through the Promislow Lab focusing on mating behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster.  Olivia chose UW biology for the collaborative research environment and their focus on teaching education.

Stuart Graham: After completing my Master’s degree in Sweden, I came…

Adios, Autumn '16 Grads!

Congratulations to the Biograds who successfully completed their degrees during Autumn 2016! Here we highlight a few graduates:

Yasmeen Hussain
Sea urchin sperm chemotaxis: individual effects and fertilization success
Riffell Lab | October 26, 2016
Up Next: I'm heading to Washington, DC for the Mirzayan policy fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences

Jennifer Mae-White Day
Exploring Drivers of Gene Flow in Jaguars and Pumas in Southern Mexico via Molecular Scatology and Eco-Evo Simulations Samuel K. Wasser Lab - Center for Conservation Biology | December 2, 2016 Up Next: Lecturing for Dept. of Biology for the next few quarters, while searching for post-docs

Brandon Peecook
Vertebrate patterns of taxonomic and ecological diversity and recovery from the End-Permian Mass Extinction: two novel test cases from southern Pangea
Sidor Lab | November 17, 2016
Up Next: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago