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  • Will Pett
    March 28, 2013
  • Dennis Lavrov
    November 5, 2012


Current members

Dr. Dennis Lavrov, PI

  • I was born in a city and in a country that do not exist anymore (Leningrad, Sovjet Union).
  • I did my undergraduate studies at St. Petersburg State University in the laboratory of Prof. Zavarzin.
  • Jeff Feder (University of Notre Dame) can be blamed for my interest in evolutionary biology.
  • I got my Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, where I worked in Wesley Brown group on arthropod relationships based on mitochondrial genomic data.
  • I did my postdoctoral work with Franz Lang at the University of Montreal, working on mtDNA of demosponges.
  • My current interests in biology are phylogenetics, mitochondrial biology, and animal evolution
Will Pett, graduate student
I got my undergraduate degree in Biology at Bard College in upstate New York, doing mostly field ecology.  I rambled around for a bit, working with Blanding's turtles in New York, and mist-netting birds in California and Belize.  After that, I decided to get more quantitative and came back to my hometown of Ames for graduate work in the BCB program at ISU.  I am interested in statistical models of genome evolution and organellar genomics, but would eventually like to pursue conservation genetics.  I'm also a birder, musician, and piano tuner. 
Katrina Lutap, graduate student

I am from the Philippines, a country of 7,107 islands. I earned my BS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at University of the Philippines, Diliman. I was a microbiologist at a private corporation for some time until I decided to go back to the academe. While pursuing my masters studies I was involved in a couple of research projects at The Marine Science Institute, investigating marine bacteriophages and their hosts, and marine sponges and their symbionts. I am interested in studying host-symbiont interactions. I love to travel and at the top of my bucket list is to explore all the beaches in the world.
Benjamin Sheller, undergraduate student
I was born in Iowa, and have attended Iowa State since August of 2010. Currently I'm in my third year of pursuing my mathematics major, and possible biology minor. I'm interested in using math to study biological problems. Outside of the lab I like learning literature, math, and Spanish. 


Xiujuan Wang
Ph.D. in Genetics and Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, 2009. Currently a postdoc at Cornell university.
 Karri Haen
Ph.D. in Genetics, 2010. Currently a lecturer at the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology. Iowa State University.
 Romulo Segovia
MS. in Genetics, 2010. Currently a Ph.D. student in Genetics at ISU.
 Ehsan Kayal
Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2012.  Currently at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.