Recommended Readings: Li Zhao, Ph.D. Monday April 15, 2019

Monday Lectures

Monday, April 15, 2019  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Li Zhao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Head

Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

The Rockefeller University

The Origin and Evolution of De Novo Genes


Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Matthews, Benjamin J.; Dudchenko, Olga; Kingan, Sarah B.; et al. (2018). Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control. NATURE. 563 (7732): 501-+

Zhao, Li; Begun, David J. (2017). Genomics of parallel adaptation at two timescales in Drosophila. PLOS GENETICS. 13 (10)

Svetec, Nicolas; Cridland, Julie M.; Zhao, Li; et al. (2016). The adaptive significance of natural genetic variation in the DNA damage response of Drosophila melanogaster. PLOS GENETICS. 12 (3)

Li, Xueyan; Fan, Dingding; Zhang, Wei; et al. (2015). Outbred genome sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in butterflies. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. 6

Zhao, Li; Wit, Janneke; Svetec, Nicolas; et al. (2015). Parallel gene expression differences between low and high latitude populations of Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans. PLOS GENETICS. 11 (5)

Zhao, Li; Saelao, Perot; Jones, Corbin D.; et al. (2014). Origin and spread of de novo genes in Drosophila melanogaster populations. SCIENCE. 343 (6172): 769–772

Ding, Yun; Zhao, Li; Yang, Shuang; et al. (2010). A Young Drosophila Duplicate Gene Plays Essential Roles in Spermatogenesis by Regulating Several Y- Linked Male Fertility Genes. PLOS GENETICS. 6 (12)

Recommended Readings: Mandë Holford, Ph.D., Thursday April 25th, 2019

Special Seminar Series

Thursday, April 25, 2019  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Mandë Holford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biology

The City University of New York – Hunter College & Graduate Center



The Transformative Power of Venom in Evolution and Biomedical Applications

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Emily Driscoll and Luke Groskin. (2017, Nov 2). Breakthrough: The Killer Snail Chemist. Science Friday

Empirical Articles

Eriksson, Anders; Anand, Prachi; Gorson, Juliette; et al. (2018). Using Drosophila behavioral assays to characterize terebrid venom-peptide bioactivity. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 8

Leffler, Abba E.; Kuryatov, Alexander; Zebroski, Henry A.; et al. (2017). Discovery of peptide ligands through docking and virtual screening at nicotinic acetylcholine receptor homology models. PNAS. 114 (38): E8100-E8109

Kelly, Patrick; Anand, Prachi; Uvaydov, Alexander; et al. (2015). Developing a Dissociative Nanocontainer for Peptide Drug Delivery. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 12 (10): 12543-12555

Gorson, Juliette; Ramrattan, Girish; Verdes, Aida; et al. (2015). Molecular Diversity and Gene Evolution of the Venom Arsenal of Terebridae Predatory Marine Snails. GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. 7 (6): 1761-1778

Anand, Prachi; Grigoryan, Alexandre; Bhuiyan, Mohammed H.; et al. (2014). Sample Limited Characterization of a Novel Disulfide-Rich Venom Peptide Toxin from Terebrid Marine Snail Terebra variegate. PLOS ONE. 9 (4)

Review Papers

Napolitano, Tanya; Holford, Mande. (2018). Breakthroughs in Venom Peptide Screening Methods to Advance Future Drug Discovery. PROTEIN AND PEPTIDE LETTERS. 25 (12): 1137-1148. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Verdes, Aida; Anand, Prachi; Gorson, Juliette; et al. (2016). From Mollusks to Medicine: A Venomics Approach for the Discovery and Characterization of Therapeutics from Terebridae Peptide Toxins. TOXINS. 8 (4)

Book Chapters

Verdes, Aida; Holford, Mande. (2018). Beach to Bench to Bedside: Marine Invertebrate Biochemical Adaptations and Their Applications in Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Marine Organisms as Model Systems in Biology and Medicine. RESULTS AND PROBLEMS IN CELL DIFFERENTIATION Book Series. 65. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Fry, Bryan G.; Koludarov, Ivan; Jackson, Timothy N. W.; et al. (2015). Seeing the Woods for the Trees: Understanding Venom Evolution as a Guide for Biodiscovery. VENOMS TO DRUGS: VENOM AS A SOURCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN THERAPEUTICS. 42: 1-36. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Recommended Readings: Molly Przeworski, Ph.D. Friday November 30, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, November 30, 2018  3:45 p.m

Caspary Auditorium

Molly Przeworski Ph.D.


Department of Biological Sciences and Systems Biology

Columbia University

An Evolutionary Perspective on Meiotic Recombination in Vertebrates


Recommended Readings:

Science News

Hakhamanesh Mostafavi, Joe Pickrell and Molly Przeworski. Evolutionary geneticists spot natural selection happening now in people. September 11, 2017. The Conversation

Empirical Articles

Schumer, Molly; Xu, Chenling; Powell, Daniel L.; et al. (2018). Natural selection interacts with recombination to shape the evolution of hybrid genomes. SCIENCE. 360 (6389): 656-659  

Baker, Zachary; Schumer, Molly; Haba, Yuki; et al. (2017). Repeated losses of PRDM9-directed recombination despite the conservation of PRDM9 across vertebrates. ELIFE. 6

Singhal, Sonal; Leffler, Ellen M.; Sannareddy, Keerthi; et al. (2015). Stable recombination hotspots in birds. SCIENCE. 350 (6263): 928-932

Auton, Adam; Fledel-Alon, Adi; Pfeifer, Susanne; et al. (2012). A Fine-Scale Chimpanzee Genetic Map from Population Sequencing. SCIENCE. 336 (6078): 193-198

Segurel, Laure; Leffler, Ellen Miranda; Przeworski, Molly. (2011). The Case of the Fickle Fingers: How the PRDM9 Zinc Finger Protein Specifies Meiotic Recombination Hotspots in Humans. PLOS BIOLOGY. 9 (12)

Fledel-Alon, Adi; Leffler, Ellen Miranda; Guan, Yongtao; et al. (2011). Variation in Human Recombination Rates and Its Genetic Determinants. PLOS ONE.

Review Paper

Sella, Guy; Petrov, Dmitri A.; Przeworski, Molly; et al. (2009). Pervasive Natural Selection in the Drosophila Genome?. PLOS GENETICS. 5 (6)

Coop, Graham; Przeworski, Molly. (2007). An evolutionary view of human recombination. NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS. 8 (1): 23-34  

Book Chapter

Segurel, Laure; Wyman, Minyoung J.; Przeworski, Molly. (2014). Determinants of Mutation Rate Variation in the Human Germline. ANNUAL REVIEW OF GENOMICS AND HUMAN GENETICS. 15: 47-70

Recommended Readings: Gabriel D. Victora, Ph.D., Monday April 23, 2018

Monday Lectures

Monday, April 23, 2018  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Gabriel D. Victora, Ph.D.

Laurie and Peter Grauer Assistant Professor and Head

Laboratory of Lymphocyte Dynamics

The Rockefeller University

Clonal and Cellular Dynamics of Antibody Evolution

Recommended Readings:

Science News

New tool for tracking ‘kiss-and-run’ communication between cells. January 30, 2018. ScienceDaily

Empirical Articles

Pasqual G, Chudnovskiy A, Tas JMJ, Agudelo M, Schweitzer LD, Cui A, Hacohen N, Victora GD. (2018). Monitoring T cell-dendritic cell interactions in vivo by intercellular enzymatic labelling. NATURE. 553 (7689): 496-500

Degn, Soren E.; van der Poel, Cees E.; Firl, Daniel J.; et al. (2017). Clonal Evolution of Autoreactive Germinal Centers. CELL. 170 (5): 913-+

Ersching, Jonatan; Efeyan, Alejo; Mesin, Luka; et al. (2017). Germinal Center Selection and Affinity Maturation Require Dynamic Regulation of mTORC1 Kinase. IMMUNITY. 46 (6): 1045-+

Amitai, Assaf; Mesin, Luka; Victora, Gabriel D.; et al. (2017). A Population Dynamics Model for Clonal Diversity in a Germinal Center. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY. 8  

Tas, Jeroen M. J.; Mesin, Luka; Pasqual, Giulia; et al. (2016). Visualizing antibody affinity maturation in germinal centers. SCIENCE. 351 (6277): 1048-1054

Shulman, Ziv; Gitlin, Alexander D.; Targ, Sasha; et al. (2013). T Follicular Helper Cell Dynamics in Germinal Centers. SCIENCE. 341 (6146): 673-677

Victora, Gabriel D.; Dominguez-Sola, David; Holmes, Antony B.; et al. (2012). Identification of human germinal center light and dark zone cells and their relationship to human B-cell lymphomas. BLOOD. 120 (11): 2240-2248

Victora, Gabriel D.; Schwickert, Tanja A.; Fooksman, David R.; et al. (2010). Germinal Center Dynamics Revealed by Multiphoton Microscopy with a Photoactivatable Fluorescent Reporter. CELL. 143 (4): 592-605

Review Papers

Mesin, Luka; Ersching, Jonatan; Victora, Gabriel D. (2016). Germinal Center B Cell Dynamics. IMMUNITY. 45 (3): 471-482

Victora, Gabriel D.; Wilson, Patrick C. (2015). Germinal Center Selection and the Antibody Response to Influenza. CELL. 163 (3): 545-548

Victora, Gabriel D.; Mesin, Luka. (2014). Clonal and cellular dynamics in germinal centers. CURRENT OPINION IN IMMUNOLOGY. 28: 90-96 

Book Chapter

Victora, Gabriel D.; Nussenzweig, Michel C. (2012). Germinal Centers. ANNUAL REVIEW OF IMMUNOLOGY. 30: 429-457    

Recommended Readings: Neil H. Shubin, Ph.D. December 17

Special Seminar Series
Wednesday, December 17, 2014,
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

Neil H. Shubin, Ph.D.
Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor,
Senior Advisor to the President,
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy,
The University of Chicago

Organogenesis in Deep Time

Recommended Readings

Empirical Papers

Amemiya, C. T., Alföldi, J., Lee, A. P., Fan, S., Philippe, H., Maccallum, I., … Lindblad-Toh, K. (2013). The African coelacanth genome provides insights into tetrapod evolution. Nature, 496(7445), 311–316. doi:10.1038/nature12027

Dahn, R. D., Davis, M. C., Pappano, W. N., & Shubin, N. H. (2007). Sonic hedgehog function in chondrichthyan fins and the evolution of appendage patterning. Nature, 445(7125), 311–314. doi:10.1038/nature05436

Davis, M. C., Dahn, R. D., & Shubin, N. H. (2007). An autopodial-like pattern of Hox expression in the fins of a basal actinopterygian fish. Nature, 447(7143), 473–476. doi:10.1038/nature05838

Shubin, N. H., Daeschler, E. B., & Jenkins, F. a. (2006). The pectoral fin of Tiktaalik roseae and the origin of the tetrapod limb. Nature, 440(7085), 764–771. doi:10.1038/nature04637

Review Articles

Schneider, I., & Shubin, N. H. (2013). The origin of the tetrapod limb: from expeditions to enhancers. Trends in Genetics, 29(7), 419–426. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2013.01.012

Shubin, N., Tabin, C., & Carroll, S. (2009). Deep homology and the origins of evolutionary novelty. Nature, 457(7231), 818–823. doi:10.1038/nature07891

Recommended Readings: David Kingsley, Ph.D.

Friday Lecture Series

The Fairfield Osborn Memorial Lecture

Fishing for the Secrets of Vertebrate Evolution

David Kingsley, Ph.D., professor, developmental biology, Stanford University;

investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

April 18, 2014

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Refreshments, 3:15 p.m., Abby Lounge)

Caspary Auditorium

Recommended Readings

han, Y. F., Marks, M. E., Jones, F. C., Villarreal Jr., G., Shapiro, M. D., Brady, S. D., . . . Kingsley, D. M. (2010). Adaptive evolution of pelvic reduction in sticklebacks by recurrent deletion of a pitxl enhancer. Science, 327(5963), 302-305

Haussler, D., O’Brien, S. J., Ryder, O. A., Keith Barker, F., Clamp, M., Crawford, A. J., . . . Turner, S. (2009). Genome 10K: A proposal to obtain whole-genome sequence for 10000 vertebrate species. Journal of Heredity, 100(6), 659-674

Jones, F. C., Grabherr, M. G., Chan, Y. F., Russell, P., Mauceli, E., Johnson, J., . . . Kingsley, D. M. (2012). The genomic basis of adaptive evolution in threespine sticklebacks. Nature, 484(7392), 55-61

Kingsley, D. M., Zhu, B., Osoegawa, K., De Jong, P. J., Schein, J., Marra, M., . . . Myers, R. (2004). New genomic tools for molecular studies of evolutionary change in threespine sticklebacks. Behaviour, 141(11-12), 1331-1344

Lowe, C. B., Kellis, M., Siepel, A., Raney, B. J., Clamp, M., Salama, S. R., . . . Haussler, D. (2011). Three periods of regulatory innovation during vertebrate evolution. Science, 333(6045), 1019-1024

Shapiro, M. D., Bell, M. A., & Kingsley, D. M. (2006). Parallel genetic origins of pelvic reduction in vertebrates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(37), 13753-13758


Recommended Readings: David Kingsley, Ph.D. April 18

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, April 18, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

David Kingsley, Ph.D.
HHMI and Department of Developmental Biology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Fishing for the secrets of vertebrate evolution

Recommended Readings:

Empirical Papers

Chan, Y. F., Marks, M. E., Jones, F. C., Villarreal, G., Shapiro, M. D., Brady, S. D., … Kingsley, D. M. (2010). Adaptive evolution of pelvic reduction in sticklebacks by recurrent deletion of a Pitx1 enhancer. Science, 327(5963), 302–305. doi:10.1126/science.1182213

Colosimo, P. F., Hosemann, K. E., Balabhadra, S., Villarreal, G., Dickson, M., Grimwood, J., … Kingsley, D. M. (2005). Widespread parallel evolution in sticklebacks by repeated fixation of Ectodysplasin alleles. Science, 307(5717), 1928–1933. doi:10.1126/science.1107239

Jones, F. C., Grabherr, M. G., Chan, Y. F., Russell, P., Mauceli, E., Johnson, J., … Kingsley, D. M. (2012). The genomic basis of adaptive evolution in threespine sticklebacks. Nature, 484(7392), 55–61. doi:10.1038/nature10944

Miller, C. T., Beleza, S., Pollen, A. a, Schluter, D., Kittles, R. a, Shriver, M. D., & Kingsley, D. M. (2007). cis-Regulatory changes in Kit ligand expression and parallel evolution of pigmentation in sticklebacks and humans. Cell, 131(6), 1179–1189. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2007.10.055

Shapiro, M. D., Marks, M. E., Peichel, C. L., Blackman, B. K., Nereng, K. S., Jónsson, B., … Kingsley, D. M. (2004). Genetic and developmental basis of evolutionary pelvic reduction in threespine sticklebacks. Nature, 428(6984), 717–723. doi:10.1038/nature02415

Review Articles

McKinnon, J. S., & Rundle, H. D. (2002). Speciation in nature: the threespine stickleback model systems. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 17(10), 480–488. doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(02)02579-X

Recommended Readings:Detlev Arendt, Ph.D.

Friday Lecture Series

The Evolutionary Origin of the Vertebrate Brain

Detlev Arendt, Ph.D., honorary professor, University of Heidelberg, Germany;

group leader and senior scientist, European Molecular Biology Laboratory

May 3, 2013

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Refreshments, 3:15 p.m., Abby Lounge)

Caspary Auditorium

Recommended Readings

Arendt, D., Tessmar-Raible, K., Snyman, H., Dorresteijn, A. W., & Wittbrodf, J. (2004). Ciliary photoreceptors with a vertebrate-type opsin in an invertebrate brain. Science, 306(5697), 869-871

Christodoulou, F., Raible, F., Tomer, R., Simakov, O., Trachana, K., Klaus, S., . . . Arendt, D. (2010). Ancient animal microRNAs and the evolution of tissue identity. Nature, 463(7284), 1084-1088

Raible, F., Tessmar-Raible, K., Osoegawa, K., Wincker, P., Jubin, C., Balavoine, G., . . . Arendt, D. (2005). Evolution: Vertebrate-type intron-rich genes in the marine annelid platynereis dumerilii. Science, 310(5752), 1325-1326

Tessmar-Raible, K., & Arendt, D. (2003). Emerging systems: Between vertebrates and arthropods, the lophotrochozoa. Current Opinion in Genetics and Development, 13(4), 331-340

Tomer, R., Denes, A. S., Tessmar-Raible, K., & Arendt, D. (2010). Profiling by image registration reveals common origin of annelid mushroom bodies and vertebrate pallium. Cell, 142(5), 800-809


The Consequences of Having Evolved: Our Uniquely Human Flaws

The latest issue of Smithsonian Magazine names and explains those daily consequences of having evolved into Homo sapiens via Mother Nature’s crafty use of the gene pool at her disposal. 

evolution of man From hiccups to wisdom teeth, our own bodies are worse off than most because of the differences between the wilderness in which we evolved and the modern world in which we live.

Read more:

Recommended Readings: Otger Campas, PH.D. Oct 25, 2010

Monday Lecture Series

Quantifying Morphogenesis and Morphological Variation

Otger Campas, Ph.D.,

SysCODE Fellow 

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Organismic

 and Evolutionary Biology

Harvard University and Harvard Medical School

October 25, 2010

4:00 p.m.  Welch Hall Level Two


Recommended Readings:

Campas, O; Mallarino, R; Herrel, A  et al.  2010.  Scaling and shear transformations capture beak shape variation in Darwin’s finches.  PNAS  107(8): 3356-3360

Van Bocxlaer, B; Schultheiss, R.  2010.  Comparison of morphometric techniques for shapes with few homologous landmarks based on machine-learning approaches to biological discrimination. Paleobiology.  36(3):497-515  Please request from Markus Library.

Abzhanov, A; Kuo, WP; Hartmann, C; Grant, BR; Grant, PR; Tabin, CJ.  2006.  The Calmodulin pathway and evolution of elongated beak morphology of Darwin’s finches.  NATURE.  442(7102):563-567

Burns, KJ; Hackett, SJ; Klein, NK.  2002.  Phylogenetic relationships and morphological diversity in Darwin’s finches and their relatives.  Evolution  56(6):1240-1252

Arthur, W.  2006.   D’Arcy Thompson and the theory of transformationsNATURE  Reviews Genetics.  7(5):401-U3

Kirschn er, M; Gerhart, J.  1998.  Evolvability.  PNAS.  95(15): 8420-8427

Sato, A; Tichy, H; O’huigin, C; Grant, PR; Grant, BR; Klein, J.   2001.  On the origin of Darwin’s finchesMolecular Biology and Evolution.  18(3):299-311

Petren, K; Grant, PR; Grant, BR; Keller, LF.  2005.  Comparative landscape genetics and the adaptive radiation of Darwin’s finches: the role of peripheral isolation.   Molecular Ecology.  14(10):2943-2957

Stone, JR.  1997.  The spirit of D’Arcy Thompson dwells in empirical morphospace.  Mathematical Biosciences.  142(1):13-30    Please request from Markus Library