My name is Robert (Bob) Fitak, and I am a PhD student at the University of Arizona.  I earned a B.S. in Molecular Genetics and Evolution and Ecology from the Ohio State University in 2006, under the guidance of Dr. Paul Fuerst and Dr. Daryl Kelly studying the prevalence of zoonotic diseases in ticks in Ohio.  After graduating, I continued to work at OSU on the same projects as a graduate non-degree student.  I then spent 6 months in Hyderabad, India doing research on telomere silencing in yeast at the University of Hyderabad under the guidance of Dr. Krishnaveni Mishra.  In January 2008, I enrolled in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics at the University of Arizona.  My research is in Dr. Melanie Culver's conservation genetics lab in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  My research interests are conservation genetics and genomics, evolutionary genetics, population genetics, and evolutionary epigenetics.  I currently have projects working with the Mt. Graham red squirrel, mussels in AZ, CA, and Mexico, mountain lions, and Mexican wolves.  View 'My Research' or 'CV and other Documents' to get more information on my research projects and publications.

Also, feel free to view my other pages that contain more information on other things that I do outside of research, such as running races, and traveling.  I hope you enjoy!