John Pool's Lab

Population Genomics and the Genetic Basis of Adaptive Evolution

Laboratory of Genetics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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MAR 2017:
* The Pool Lab welcomes Tiago Ribeiro as a PhD student!  (Lab Directory)

JAN 2017:
* The Pool Lab welcomes Chris McAllester as a new PhD student!  (Lab Directory)

DEC 2016:
* John and the flies appeared on the Whad'ya Know Podcast!  To watch, you'll want to skip ahead in this VIDEO - the show starts at 1:41:45, and John's interview starts at 2:11:22.
* You can also watch John's tenure seminar HERE.

SEP/OCT 2016:
* Two pair!  We have *4* new papers accepted: 2 at Genetics and 2 at MBE!
(1) A new bulk segregant QTL analysis method, at Genetics [PDF]
(2) An application of that method to the parallel evolution of melanism, at Genetics [PDF]
(3) Our new Drosophila Genome Nexus release mentioned below, at MBE [PDF]
(4) A population genomic analysis of parallel cold tolerance evolution at MBE [
John's TAGC talk on papers (1) and (2) can be found HERE.

JUL 2016:
* We are excited to announce version 1.1 of the Drosophila Genome Nexus, which features 1,122 genomes from wild-derived D. melanogaster strains!  DGN page
* Amir is co-first author on a study accepted by Current Biology, showing that a transcription factor was involved in three separate origins of female-limited pigmentation dimorphism among D. montium group species! 
(ARTICLE)  (Press Release)

JUN 2016:
* The Pool Lab welcomes Yuheng Huang as a new postdoctoral researcher!  (Lab Directory)

APR 2016:
* New in PNAS:  Amir Yassin led our description and population genomic analysis of a newly discovered island population of Drosophila yakuba that specializes on a toxic fruit, probably using some of the same genes that its relative D. sechellia did to accomplish the same trick on a different island! 
(ARTICLE)  (Press Release)  (John's talk at Evolution 2016)
* In related news, congratulations to Amir for earning a prestigious (and permanent) CNRS-funded faculty position at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris!
* Vedika received a Sophomore Research Fellowship for her population genomic analysis of olfactory receptor genes!

JAN 2016
* We have two significant new papers, as featured in a recent UW press release!  Our
PNAS paper shows that wing size evolution in Ethiopian flies was accompanied by a loss of developmental canalization.  Our Nature Communications paper shows the genetic basis of a female-specific color dimorphism under ancient balancing selection.  Believe it or not, the latter paper is now the subject of a Shakespearean sonnet!  On Samuel Illingworth's blog, you can read or hear "Rough in Love".

SEP 2015
* John's paper on natural selection shaping the ancestry of North American D. melanogaster is online at MBE

JAN 2015
* Our
Drosophila Genome Nexus paper is published by Genetics (PDF)

DEC 2014
The Pool Lab welcomes Jeremy Lange as a new PhD student!

AUG 2014
* Our paper on environmental correlates of Drosophila pigmentation has been published!

JUN 2014
* Our "Drosophila Genome Nexus" has >600 consistently aligned D. melanogaster genomes!
* The Pool Lab welcomes Quentin Sprengelmeyer as a new PhD student!
* Congratulations to
Nicole Bangart, Evan Johanning, & Jeremy Lange on their graduation!
* The lab receives a five year R01 grant from NIH/NIGMS!

JUN 2013
Justin receives an NIH Kirschstein postdoctoral fellowship!

JAN 2013
The Pool Lab welcomes two new postdocs - Héloïse Bastide and Amir Yassin!

DEC 2012
Our new Drosophila population genomics study is published at PLoS Genetics!

OCT 2012
Ryuichi receives a postdoctoral fellowship from the government of Japan!

AUG 2012
Justin receives a GSTP postdoc traineeship!

JUN 2012
Justin Lack arrives as a new postdoc!

JAN 2012
Ryuichi Sugino arrives as a new postdoc!

SEP 2011
The lab is born!