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New graduate students join the Kelley lab!

We are happy to announce that two new graduate students will be joining the laboratory in Fall 2014! Anthony Brown will be starting a PhD degree and Kyle Taylor will be starting a MA degree in Biological Sciences. They will be arriving in the lab late summer to get rolling on their projects. We are very happy they are joining us and we are looking forward to several exciting years of research together. Anthony received a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis and has been working in an immunology lab at UC Davis. Kyle graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Biology and has been working in academic and industry labs since then. They will both add unique expertise to the laboratory!

See their profiles at:
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Tsetse fly genome published

The tsetse fly genome published this week in Science!

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I disagree that the genome is “solved” but it’s certainly much better than it was prior to this study. Is a genome ever “solved”? Given what we know about the human genome, I’d say no. I was not involved in this research, I am just excited to see an interesting insect genome published.

postdoc position available

Postdoc Position: Evolutionary Genomics at Washington State University

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Joanna Kelley, in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University in Pullman, WA ( The research goals of the laboratory are to use genomic and computational methods to understand the genomic basis of adaptation to extreme environments. We are interested in understanding how genetic and environmental variation interact to drive population differentiation and adaptive evolution. The School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University has a strong research presence in evolution and ecology research and there are many opportunities for interaction and collaboration. We welcome applications from candidates with diverse educational backgrounds.

Applicants will be expected to develop and lead projects. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Genetics, Genomics, Computational Biology (bioinformatics, systems biology), Statistics, Computer Science, or related disciplines. A computing background is desired, especially experience with Unix, and knowledge in one or several programming languages (Perl, Python, C/C++, R/BioConductor, etc). Additional experience with high-throughput sequencing data is highly desirable. Candidates should demonstrate a strong track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

The appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance. Funding is available for two years. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and benefits are included.

Applicants should email Joanna Kelley at  and include curriculum vitae, cover letter that includes a statement of research interests that explicitly describes your professional qualifications for the position, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries are also welcome. Start time is flexible, with a desired start in Fall 2014. Applications will be accepted through June 10th, 2014.