John Pool's Lab studies Population Genomics and the Genetic Basis of Adaptive Evolution at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
Latest Pool Lab News...
~ John is now making population genetics course materials (including recorded lectures) available online.
~ Our study on using SNP-level FST patterns to detect local soft sweeps appears in GBE.
~ We have 2 more accepted papers... First, we show how natural selection can have diverse influences on the relationship between recombination and introgression (in MBE). Second, we show that adaptive gene regulatory evolution tends to neutralize phenotypic plasticity (in GBE).
~ Welcome to Myron Child as a new PhD student!
~ We have 3 more new papers: an MBE paper looks at genomic changes across ~500 generations of natural evolution, while two others examine the genetic architecture of adaptive changes in alcohol resistance and size.
~ Jamie Freeman and Dr. Max Shpak join the lab as research staff.
~ We have a new paper in Genetics on transcriptome adaptation.
~ Congratulations to recent graduates Clarice Danen, Olivia Gargulak, and Zach Johnson!
~ Congratualtions to Dr's Jeremy Lange and Quentin Sprengelmeyer on their successful PhD thesis defenses!
~ Siyuan Feng joins the lab as a new PhD student!
~ Maud Duranton joins the lab as a new postdoc!
~ Thank you NIH! John receives an R35 MIRA grant.
~ Marcus Stensmyr's "wild fly" art graces the MBE cover in conjunction with our paper on D. melanogaster origin and history.
~ Our study on wilderness African flies, their genomes, and species history is published in MBE.
~ John returns from sabbatical work in Puerto Rico, California, and Utah.
~ Thank you NIH! The lab is receiving a new R01 grant, in collaboration with Mark Rebeiz.
~ Our collaboration with Marcus Stensmyr is bearing fruit: Marula as an ancestral host fruit for Drosophila melanogaster (see NPR coverage).
~ Tanager J. Pool becomes the lab's 6th baby in its 7 year history, and John's 1st. And then, Isla Sprengelmeyer becomes #7.
~ 2 new accepted papers! (1) Selective sweeps may not undermine demographic inference in flies, and (2) Directional selection undermines genetic and environmental robustness.
~ Thank you NSF! The lab gets a new grant on parallel cold tolerance evolution, and Chris McAllester gets a predoctoral fellowship!
~ Vedika Ramesh graduates!
~ Welcome to Matt Lollar as a new PhD student, and to Juliana Cordeiro as a visiting professor!
~ Welcome to Murillo Fernando Rodrigues as a visiting graduate student!
~ Audrey Simard, Ben Groth, Grant Hoppel, & Matt Monette graduate!
~ John gets tenure! (his seminar is HERE)
~ Welcome to Chris McAllester & Tiago Ribeiro as new PhD students!
~ John was on the Whad'ya Know Podcast! Skip ahead in this VIDEO to 2:11:22.
~ We have *4* new papers accepted at Genetics and MBE! (see Papers and John's TAGC talk)
~ The Pool Lab welcomes Yuheng Huang as a new postdoctoral researcher!
~ Version 1.1 of the Drosophila Genome Nexus is HERE.
~ Amir is co-first author on a Current Biology paper on the recurrent origin of a sexually-dimorphic trait (Article) (Press Release)
~ Amir Yassin led our PNAS study on a novel fly population that specializes on a toxic fruit! (Article) (Press Release) (John's talk at Evolution 2016)
~ Congratulations to Amir on his prestigious faculty position at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris! (LINK)
~ Vedika Ramesh received a Sophomore Research Fellowship for her population genomic analysis of olfactory receptor genes!
~ Our 2 new papers are featured in this UW press release! Our PNAS paper shows that wing size evolution entailed a loss of developmental buffering. Our Nature Communications paper shows the genetic basis of a female-specific color dimorphism under ancient balancing selection, and even inspired a Shakespearean sonnet, "Rough in Love" (Text) (Audio)
Lab Photos (including African fly-catching excursions):