Research area(s):Computational Genetics; Molecular and Biochemical Genetics; Evolutionary Genetics
Lab phone:(319) 335-1083
The Logsdon lab works on a variety of related topics in molecular evolutionary genetics:
SEX & MEIOSIS:
- Exploring the origin and evolution of meiotic genes in diverse eukaryotes.
- Molecular evolution and phylogeny of meiotic genes.
- Isolation of meiosis-related genes from protists and other eukaryotes.
- Functional studies of meiotic genes isolated from diverse eukaryotes.
- Bioinformatic studies of meiosis and recombination/repair genes.
- Understanding the molecular phylogeny of eukaryotes.
- Using complex gene families to root the eukaryotic tree of life.
- Isolating new protein genes to address thorny issues in eukaryotic phylogeny.
LATERAL GENE TRANSFER:
- Developing a better understanding of the frequency, roles, distribution and phylogenetic impacts of LGT in prokaryotes.
- Comparative bioinformatics of bacterial genomes.
- Mathematical modeling/ computer simulation.
- Discovery and analysis of genomic sequence from key protists.
- Comparative bioinformatics of protist genomes as grist for hypothesis-driven research in the lab.
- Understanding of the origin and evolution of spliceosomal introns
- What are their roles in eukaryotic genome evolution? What is their phylogenetic distribution?