Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bridgett vonHoldt [CV]
Kerry Machemer: Ecological epigenetics and population genomics of the wolf-like clade
Visiting Graduate Students
Yashira Afanador-Hernandez (Master's student from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez): Population genetics of the Puerto Rican parrot
I am accepting inquiries from potential graduate students interested in evolutionary and population genomics, conservation genetics, epigenomics, and admixed ancestry analysis. Students are encourages to explore taxa other than canids and must show an interest in relevant research topics. Molecular experience is required, while computational and programming experience is preferred but not essential.
I am currently available to sponsor highly motivated undergraduate students to conduct independent research projects in the following areas:
1. Yellowstone wolf parentage and population genetic analyses: A multi-generational pedigree has been constructed
but new individuals need to be genotyped and added to the wolf genealogy. Pedigree-based linkage studies are
possible as well as phenotype mapping or behavioral genetics.
2. X-chromosome SNP analysis: data has been collected for dog domestication of over 1000 canids and is available
for both evolutionary genomic-based and selection scan analyses.
3. Inheritance of epigenomic variation in the pedigreed Yellowstone wolf population.
4. Transposon dynamics in the canid genome: Using a variety of public databases, data-mine and/or de novo
annotation of transposons in the canid genome, with the goal of describing a general structure of transposon location
(e.g. clustering, genic), estimated age (e.g. for LTR retrotransposons), and potential impact on gene regulation.