In an honor extended by the University of Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Graduate Student Association, Amanda was named as this year’s most well-rounded student. In Amanda’s acceptance speech, she asks us all to do 1 hour of scientific outreach a month. All together this would make a huge impact in building trust of science in the public…
Jaret joins us from the University of Mississippi where he worked on zebrafish development among other projects. We’re excited to welcome him to the lab and to Salt Lake City!
Amanda Kowalczyk was awarded a competitive Catalyst Award from the Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine (CEBaM). She will use the award to advance her studies in the genetic underpinnings of convergently evolved long lifespan as well as hairlessness in mammals. Amanda is currently in her fifth year of the Joint Carnegie Mellon-University of Pittsburgh…
We welcome Sarah as our first Human Genetic PhD student. Sarah successfully completed her Capstone Exam in Spring and started working full time in the lab this summer. This year she plans to complete her project on gene expression in diving mammals and launch her studies of ocular regulatory evolution in subterranean mammals.
The Clark Lab is hiring post-docs to drive research in convergent evolution and evolutionary genetics. Current projects in the lab study the genetic basis of adaptation to extreme behaviors and environments, such as diving in marine mammals, regressive evolution of eyesight in subterranean species, and adaptations to high-altitude (relevant papers below). These projects require interplay…
We have relocated to the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah.
Ancient convergent losses of Paraoxonase 1 yield potential risks for modern marine mammals Featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Le Monde, and 30 other publications around the world. Posted August 2018
Melissa Plakke, PhD Candidate in the lab, has been awarded the Mellon Fellowship for next academic year. She also won a Presentation Award at the Pitt Grad Expo. Way to go, Melissa! Posted April 2018
Long-time lab undergraduate, Jerrica Jamison, was selected for this competitive summer program, during which she will continue her research in seals, sea lions, and other pinnipeds. Posted March 2018
Moles and mole-rats experienced similar changes to their genomes underground. In this eLife publication by Raghav Partha and colleagues, we identify new ocular genes and eye-specific regulatory sequences. Posted Oct 2017