Green Lab Certified!

The Morran lab has been awarded gold level Green Lab certification! This certification is presented by Emory’s Office of Sustainability to highlight labs that go above and beyond for the environment. We worked to reduce lab waste, reuse materials whenever possible, and conserve energy in our lab.

Read more about our certification here.

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Mandy wins 2018 Dobzhansky Prize

Congratulations to Postdoc Mandy Gibson for winning the 2018 Dobzhansky Prize!


The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist. The prize was established in memory of Professor Dobzhansky by his friends and colleagues, and reflects his lifelong commitment to fostering the research careers of young scientists.

Mandy is the first woman to win both the John Maynard Smith Prize and the Dobzhansky Prize.

Learn more about Mandy’s work here.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Three undergraduate students from the Morran Lab participated in the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Angela’s poster – The Effect of Copper Barriers on Caenorhabditis elegans Dispersion Over Time

Manraj’s poster – Mapping the Loci Underlying Caenorhabditis elegans Host Defense to the Bacterial Parasite Serratia marcescens
Helena’s poster – Experimental Evolution of Parasite Host Range

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Two young boys draw near the spikes. “Look up into the mirror,” Mock encourages them. “Now tell me what you see.”

“The same thing,” one of the boys replies.

“That’s right!” Mock says. “The process of evolution keeps repeating, going in a loop.”

This year’s Atlanta Science Festival had a unique event that the Morran Lab had the opportunity to be a part of called Science.Art.Wonder (S.A.W).

S.A.W was the brainchild of our colleague, Dr. Nicole Gerardo. This project paired over 100 individual artists (mostly undergraduates) with laboratories across both Emory and Georgia Tech with the goal to share a researcher group’s work through art. We were paired with an Emory undergraduate, Ethan Mock, who created a thrilling 3D model of his vision of the red queen hypothesis.


Above, you can see black fishing lures (representing the C. elegans) crawling over jagged points of red paint (resembling Serratia marcescens, the worms’ pathogen, and happily also looking a lot like blood). The worm at the top of the art piece is perhaps the one who is able to get away from the deadly parasite due to superior immune genes, behavior, or some other beneficial attribute, and then go on to create offspring.

Read more about the Emory art exposition (and to learn more about Ethan’s project), here in this EXCELLENT article:

eScienceCommons: Science Art Wonder: Students team with labs to bring research to life

Ethan’s art was also represented during the Atlanta Science Festival Exposition, held in Piedmont Park on Saturday, March 24th. IMG_3684IMG_3685

Thanks, Ethan, for letting us be a part of your art!!