Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

A few of the Morran Lab undergraduates presented work at this year’s Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) on April 19th and 20th!

Chris BURSSenior Chris Stadnick discussing his project with Biology Professor Chris Beck.

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Giang and HopiSenior Giang Ha talking with Dr. Hopi Hoekstra of Harvard University, our keynote speaker for the Biology Undergraduate Symposium.

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Julie #2Junior Julie Lin discussing her research project!

Rema LeviRema (from Dr. Meleah Hickman’s Lab) discussing her project to a group of faculty, including Levi, and Maggie, the small dancer.

Congrats to all who presented posters, and also a shout out to Jae Hoon Cho and Will Milligan for successfully defending their senior honors theses!

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Movie Stars

The Morran lab makes its acting and directing debut in “The Red Queen Game.” Signe White and McKenna Penley star as hand models, and our lab bench stars as the background. Thanks to Josh Kushner for the original score!

Mandy Gibson created this video to show teachers and students how to play the Red Queen Game in their classrooms. The game is a simple and hands-on way to teach host-parasite coevolution and test the hypothesis that host-parasite coevolution maintains genetic variation. The open-access publication describing the game and its underlying concepts can be found here, and additional resources are available on Mandy’s site.

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Two new publications from Morran Lab members. Way to go, team!

Hoang KL, Morran LT and Gerardo NM (2016) Experimental Evolution as an Underutilized Tool for Studying Beneficial Animal–Microbe Interactions. Front. Microbiol. 7:1444. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01444

Get access here!

 

Slowinski, S. P., Morran, L. T., Parrish, R. C., Cui, E. R., Bhattacharya, A., Lively, C. M. and Phillips, P. C. (2016), Coevolutionary interactions with parasites constrain the spread of self-fertilization into outcrossing host populations. Evolution. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/evo.13048

Check out the lab’s full list of publications here.

New Publication

The Integral Role of Genetic Variation in the Evolution of Outcrossing in the Caenorhabditis elegans-Serratia marcescens Host-Parasite System

Parrish II, Raymond C., McKenna J. Penley, and Levi T. Morran. “The Integral Role of Genetic Variation in the Evolution of Outcrossing in the Caenorhabditis elegans-Serratia marcescens Host-Parasite System.” PloS one 11.4 (2016): e0154463.

Check it out here! PubMed