In my lab at Lewis-Clark State College, we are interested in exploring the effects of naturally occurring DNA sequence variation (in the form of repetitive DNA and heterochromatin) on basic cellular outcomes, like genome stability, replication fidelity, cell cycle timing, gene expression, and lifespan. We address these questions using my favorite model organism, Drosophila melanogaster.
We have an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Mia Levine at the University of Pennsylvania. Together, we have been identifying and investigating Blm-dependent sequences on Y chromosomes of naturally derived Drosophila melanogaster populations.
in August 2016