Wilson Sayres Lab Members
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Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Ph.D., PI
We study sex chromosome evolution, sex-biased processes, and mutation rate variation. Primarily we use comparative genomics and bioinformatics to understand biological phenomenon.
School of Life Sciences
462 Life Sciences Building C (LSC)
Phone: (480) 727-6366
The Biodesign Institute
A230A Biodesign A
Phone: (480) 965-9915
Pooja Narang, Ph.D.
Research Scientist. Pooja received her PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India in the field of Computational Chemistry. She has four years of postdoctoral research experience in computational data-analysis, bioinformatics, molecular modeling and in silico drug discovery. Her research interests include understanding the male mutation bias in mammals and understanding evolution of sex chromosomes and their relationship to diseases like cancer.
Phone: (480) 965-3178
Heini Natri, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher. Heini is a Center for Evolution and Medicine postdoctoral fellow with a background in evolution and cancer research. Her research interests focus around genetic architecture, sex bias, and evolution of cancer.
Phone: (480) 965-3178
Tim Webster, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher. Tim is broadly interested in using genomic diversity and divergence to understand evolution and demography. His dissertation research explored the genomic signals of speciation and diversification in the adaptive radiation of macaques, a group of monkeys found in Africa and Asia. In the Wilson Sayres lab, he is interested in contrasting information from the sex chromosomes with that from the autosomes to better understand the role of sex-specific evolutionary and demographic processes in shaping diversity.
Personal Website: www.timothyhwebster.com
Kimberly Olney, B.S.
Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student. Biologist with experience in data analysis and laboratory procedures. Research interest in patterns of allele-specific expression across the human genome and studying sex biased expression.
Imani Sharpe, B.S.
Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student. Incoming
Angela Taravella, B.S.
Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student. With a background in biology and anthropology and training in population genetics, Angela’s research interests focus around the study of human evolution through genetic analyses. This includes using demographic modeling in human populations, and studying Y chromosome variation in ancient individuals. Through her research, she hopes to gain insight into the processes and events that shaped human populations in the past and present. Jointly advised with Dr. Anne Stone.