• Dan starts his new position as a research scientist at Checkerspot
• Sarah T leave for a position in Bayer
• JRI seminar on maize-teosinte introgression at NCSU
• Brenda Cameron takes over as new lab manager. Welcome!
• Taylor heads off to grad school at the U. of Florida
• Ning joins the lab as a new postdoc from HZAU
• Michelle turns in her dissertation and is now Dr. Stitzer!
• Sarah O. and Elli both received Jastro awards for their research. Congrats!
• The lab has a new home in EVE and will be moving to Storer Hall!
• Dianne Velasco and Michelle Stitzer walk at graduation!
• Dan Gates and Michelle Stitzer give talks at the Evolution conference. Michelle wins the WD Hamilton Award for outstanding student presentation!
• Elli wins a computational biology fellowship for summer 2019.
• Silas Tittes joins the lab to work on PanAnd.
• Li Wang leaves the lab to start her new job later this summer the the Agricultural Genomics Institute in Shenzhen.
• Sarah O, Elli, and Alyssa all get scholarships to attend the Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics in Seattle.
• Elli wins a Dept. of Plant Sciences graduate student research fellowship.
• Wenbin Mei leaves to start a new job at Inari Ag.
• Emily Josephs starts her new lab at Michigan State.
Alyssa Phillips joins the lab to work on the PanAnd project.
• RILAB at PEQG. Emily Josephs and Michelle Stitzer talking, Dan Gates, Wenbin Mei, Ellen Osborn, Markus Stetter, presenting posters, as well as collabroators Raul Torres and Erin Calfee.
• Skype-a-scientist with 8th graders at Denville
• Michelle wins a 3rd year of ARCS support!
• Sarah and Asher both win departmental fellowships, supporting ~40% of their PhD for the next 4 years. Congrats!
• Congrats to Asher for winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to work on biotic interactions in teosinte.
Michele talks at BAPG.
Our first lab R package! Luis and Mike May working together to put a Baysian clustering method together.
Anna finishes her PhD! Dr. O’Brien leaves the lab for a postdoctoral position at U. Toronto with Megan Frederickson.
Markus receives news of a 2-year postdoc fellowship from the DFG. He’ll be working on population and quantitative genetic approaches to studying domestication.
Jinliang leaves the lab to start his own lab at the University of Nebraska. Sad to see him go, but proud and excited to see what he’ll be up to!
Caryn’s Jastro proposal to investigate convergent evolution and DMI in highland maize is funded.
Michelle awarded a summer GSR position in computation biology.
Michelle wins a prestigious ARCS scholarship!
Michelle presents at the U. Georgia plant breeding symposium.
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