My complete CV (with date it was last updated) is at the bottom. If you would like a more current version, please email me: melissa.wilsonsayres [at]

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23. Taravella AM and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Fruitful analysis of sex chromosomes reveals X-treme genetic diversity. Genome Biology 17:244. doi:10.1186/s13059-016-1115-9

22. Rupp S, Webster TH, Olney K, Hutchins E, Kusumi K and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Evolution of dosage compensation in Anolis carolinensis, a reptile with XX/XY chromosomal sex determination. Genome Biology and Evolution (accepted)

21. Narang P and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Variable autosomal and X divergence near and far from genes affects estimates of male mutation bias in great apes. Genome Biology and Evolution (accepted). 

20. Pagani L… Wilson Sayres MA… et al. 2016. Genomic analyses inform on migration events during the peopling of Eurasia. Nature (advanced access online). doi:10.1038/nature19792.

19. Webster TH and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Sex-biased demography across human populationsCurrent Opinion in Genetics and Development  3(41): 62-71. doi:10.1016/j.gde.2016.08.002

18. Poznik GD, Xue Y, Mendez F, Willems T, Massaia A, Wilson Sayres M, et al. (37 others). 2016. Punctuated bursts in human male demography inferred from 1,244 worldwide Y-chromosome sequencesNature Genetics 48: 593-599.  doi:10.1038/nature19792

17. Cotter DJ, Brotman SM and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Genetic diversity on the human X chromosome does not support a strict pseudoautosomal boundary. Genetics 203(1): 485-492. doi: 10.1534/genetics.114.172692.


16. 1000 Genomes Consortium. 2015. A global reference for human genetic variationNature 25(4): 459-466. doi:10.1038/nature15393

15. Boddy A, Fortunato A, Wilson Sayres M and Aktipis A. 2015. Cooperation and conflict beyond the womb: Theparadoxical effects of fetal microchimerism on maternal healthBioEssays 37(10): 1106-1118. doi:10.1002/bies.201500059 (video abstract)

14. Karmin M*, Saag L*, Vicente M*, Wilson Sayres MA*et. al (95 other authors). 2015. A recent bottleneck of Y chromosome diversity coincides with a global change in cultureGenome Research 25(4): 459-466. doi:10.1101/gr.186684.114

13. Wilson Sayres MA. 2015. “Evolution, Trends in.” Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology. Ed. James Trefil. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA. 330-333.


12. Wilson Sayres MA, Lohmueller KE and Nielsen R. 2014. Natural selection reduced diversity on human YchromosomesPLoS Genetics 10(1): e1004064. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004064


11. Tsai Paulina and Wilson Sayres MA. 2013. Evolution of the phosphatase gene family across nematode worms and fliesBerkeley Scientific Journal 18(1): 87-93. 

10. Pandey R*, Wilson Sayres MA* and Azad R. 2013. Detecting evolutionary strata on the human X chromosome inthe absence of gametologous Y-linked sequencesGenome Biology and Evolution 5(10): 1863-1871.  doi:10.1093/gbe/evt139

9. Somel M, Wilson Sayres MA, Jordan G, Huerta-Sanchez E, Fumagalli M, Ferrer-Admetlla A, and Nielsen R. 2013. A scanfor human-specific relaxation of negative selection reveals unexpectedpolymorphism in the proteasomeMolecular Biology and Evolution 30(8): 1808-1815.  doi:10.1093/molbev/mst098

8. Wilson Sayres MA*. 2013. Timing of ancient human Y lineage depends on mutation rate: a comment on Mendezet alarXiv. 1304.6098.

7. Wilson Sayres MA and Makova KD. 2013. Gene survival and death on the human Y chromosomeMolecular Biology and Evolution 30(3): 781-7.  doi:10.1093/molbev/mss267

6. Wilson Sayres MA. 2013. Pseudoautosomal Linkage, Region, In: Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition). Elsevier: 514-516.

2012 and before

5. Wilson Sayres MA, Brooks AJ, Chanock SJ, Cheung V, Goldstein DB, Jin L, and Kwok P-Y. 2012. HGV2011:Personalized genomic medicine meets the incidentalomeHuman Mutation 33(3): 582-5.   doi:10.1002/humu.22008

4. Wilson Sayres MA, Venditti C, Pagel M, and Makova KD. 2011. Do variations in substitution rates and male mutationbias correlate with life-history traits? A study of 32 mammalian genomesEvolution 65(10): 2800-15.  doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01337.x

3. Wilson Sayres MA, and Makova KD. 2011. Genome analyses substantiate male mutation bias in many speciesBioEssays 33(12): 938-45. doi:10.1002/bies.201100091

2. Wilson MA, and Makova, KD. 2009. Evolution and survival on eutherian sex chromosomesPLoS Genetics 5(7):  e1000568.  doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000568

1. Wilson MA, and Makova, KD. 2009. Genomic analyses of sex chromosome evolution. Annual Reviews of Human Genetics and Genomics 10: 333-54. doi:10.1146/annurev-genom-082908-150105