Kayla Cribbin, undergraduate researcher in the Kelley Lab, received the Leo Millam Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU! The award encourages undergraduates to engaged in research and present their research. Congratulations Kayla!
Lerner Publishing Group recently published biographies of STEM Trailblazers. The series highlights researchers from different fields to inspire kids in STEM. I was not a part of the writing of the book. I am excited to be included as the Genetics Expert. The entire series can be located on the Lerner website. You can take a look inside at Amazon.
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 (kelleylab.wordpress.com). 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 required, 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 necessary. 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 joanna.l.kelley-at-wsu.edu 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. Start time is flexible, with a desired start in Fall 2015. Applications will be accepted through July 15th.
Kayla’s research was selected for a poster presentation at NCUR (National Conferences on Undergraduate Research). Great job Kayla! She had a lot of people at her poster and one enthusiastic fellow undergraduate who was happy to see a bioinformatics project represented at NCUR! The posters at NCUR were impressive, it represented the diversity in undergraduate research experiences!
I was invited to present at the Pacific Branch Meeting of Entomological Society of America in the Symposium: Insects In Eden – Frontiers In Insect Ecology, Development, And Evolution moderated by Robert Zinna, a graduate student in Entomology at WSU. It was a pleasure to participate in the symposium and talk about the Antarctic midge genome. The talks in the symposium were diverse and fascinating!
Kayla presented her work on the tropical gar at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). SURCA highlights research from across campus. Kayla’s poster won a Gray award in Molecular, Cellular and Chemical Biology. Congratulations Kayla! Also in the WSU news at: https://news.wsu.edu/2015/04/10/largest-surca-competition-names-51-top-researchers/
Courtney Passow is visiting from the Tobler Lab at Kansas State University. She’s spending a few weeks processing samples to extract total RNA and generate RNA-sequencing libraries for a hydrogen sulfide exposure experiment. The goal of the study is to determine which genes are differentially regulated in response to hydrogen sulfide exposure, depending on the source population. Courtney will spend two weeks in the lab honing her molecular skills. We are very happy to have her here!