Simon’s paper on subgenomes of maize accepted for publication in MBE
Caryn and Ellen both receive fellowships to attend the summer institute for statistical genetics.
Jeff starts as Senior Editor for popgen at G3.
Kevin Boardman awarded prestigious Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship!
NSF proposal bounces; good reviews and feedback from PO. Will retool and resubmit.
Wenbin Mei starts as new postdoc in the lab to look at structural variation in maize and teosinte.
Michelle Stitzer wins prestigious ARCS fellowship!
NSF preproposal with Yaniv Brandvain invited for full proposal.
Simon Renny-Byfield is off for a job at Dupont Pioneer, working in the same group as lab collaborators Justin Gerke and Eli Rodgers-Melnick. A sweet gig!
JRI receives official word on promotion to full professor!
JRI wins Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Maize Genetics at the Maize Genetics Conference in Florida.
Josh Hough begins as new postdoc in the lab, to work on linked selection in teosinte.
Tim Beissinger leaves to take up his new job as USDA-ARS Research Geneticist at Missouri, filling the vacancy left when our collaborator Mike McMullen retired.
Two grants funded today! Funding from UCMEXUS to work with Ruairidh Sawers on characterizing an adaptive inversion introgression from teosinte into maize. And funding from the UC-Mexico Initiative (yup, they are different things!) to work on characterizing changes in genetic diversity and climate adaptation in maize over time using CIMMYT SeeD data.
After a bit less than a year in the lab, Tim Beissinger accepts a job as a research scientist at USDA at the University of Missourri. This is Mike McMullen’s position, so some big shoes to fill. Congrats Tim!
Paul Bilinski is awarded a UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship. Congrats Paul!
The new maize diversity website is live!
Paul Bilinski is chosen to present his work on repeat evolution at the SMBE Satellite meeting in Montepllier. Both SMBE and the Dept. of Plant Sciences have agreed to fund his trip!
Our collaboration with Rute Fonseca, Bruce Smith, and Tom Gilbert analyzing ancient maize in the US SW is out in Nature Plants, with a nice both in Nature Plants commentary and a highlight in Science and a press release by UC Davis.
Our Plant Genome grant was declined by NSF, but with constructive reviews. You can see reviews and proposal on github.
Michelle Stitzer awarded a Global Food Initiative Fellowship for her work on the maize genome
Jeff joins G3 as an Associate Editor.
Nice perspective piece on rice domestication in Nature, including comment from Jeff on debating one vs two domestications.
Nice interview with my MS adviser Norm Ellstrand, including a kind reference to the RILAB as one of his “new mentors”.
Kate Crosby arrives, bringing the lab to a quintessential quintet of quality postdocs. Also, Jeff signs on to be an Associate Editor at G3.
Sadly, Vince Buffalo leaves the lab for a PhD in Graham Coop’s lab. On a happy note, Jinliang Yang joins the group to do a postdoc on maize quantitative genetics! Good luck Vince, and welcome Jinliang!
Rute Fonseca’s paper on ancient maize DNA in the US Southwest was accepted at Nature Plants!
Our new preprint on TEs and gene expression, a collaboration with the Springer Lab, is no on bioRxiv(http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2014/08/15/008052). Features some great work by Michelle Stitzer identifying novel TE insertions.
Paul Bilinksi’s paper on centromere repeats in the maize genome is accepted in Chromosoma!
Michelle Stitzer is awarded a Jastro research grant for her work on nonautonomous TEs.
Michelle Stitzer passes her first-year population biology comprehensive exam. Woot!
Paul Bilinski awarded a summer GSR position in computation biology. Congrats Paul!
Our paper on tb1 in natural populations of teosinte submitted and online as preprint.
Jeff has been admitted officially to the Ecology Graduate Group!
Happy to announce Simon Renny-Byfield will be joining the lab as a postdoc for Fall 2014 to work on our rare alleles project.
Paul Bilinski’s first dissertation chapter, submitted for publication and now online as a preprint. Congrats Paul!
Future R-I Lab postdoc Tim Beissinger succesfully defended his PhD thesis today. Congrats Tim!
Awesome corn goodies mysteriously show up in the lab, coincidentally timed perfectly with Jeff’s absence.
Reacting to an urgent call for bioinformatics acronyms, Matt Hufford and I are proud to announce the formation of the Corn Transcriptome Analysis Group, or CTAG. Because we have some RNA-seq data and can run EdgeR, that’s why.
Congratulations to Anna O’Brien for being awarded a three year Plant Sciences graduate student research assistantship!
Happy to announce that Tim Beissinger will be joining the lab as a postdoc in Summer 2014!
Dianne Velasco passees her QE exams! Congrats D!
Anna O’Brien receives UCMEXUS funding for her dissertation project “Do environmental gradients drive adaptation in mutualisms? A study of teosinte and mycorrhizae”.
Mezmouk et al. now online at G3
Waters et. al. is now online at PNAS!
Anna O’Brien passed her qualifying exam and advances to candidacy!
Jeff and Vince both added to list of top genome scientists to follow on twitter.
Video of Jeff’s departmental seminar