300, 301, 303, 307, 310 Biology Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1324 USA
My lab works on a variety of related topics in molecular evolution.
SEX & MEIOSIS: Exploring the origin and evolution of meiotic genes in diverse eukaryotes.
· Molecular evolution and phylogeny of recA homologs (RAD51 and DMC1)
· Isolation of a variety of meiosis-related genes from protists
· Functional studies of meiotic genes isolated from protists
· Bioinformatic studies of meiosis and recombination/repair genes
TREES: Understanding the molecular phylogeny of eukaryotes.
· Using complex gene families to root the eukaryotic tree of life
· Isolating new protein genes to address thorny issues
GENOMES: Discovery and analysis of genomic sequence from key protists
· Comparative bioinformatics of protist genomes
· Random-sequencing as a basis for considering genomes for completion
· Grist for the main hypothesis-driven research in the lab
INTRONS: Understanding of the origin and evolution of spliceosomal introns
· What are their roles in eukaryotic genome evolution?
· What is their phylogenetic distribution?
LATERAL GENE TRANSFER: Developing a better understanding of the frequency, roles, distribution and phylogenetic impacts of LGT in prokaryotes
· Comparative bioinformatics of bacterial genomes
· Mathematical modeling/ computer simulation
Members of the Logsdon Lab in front of MacBride Natural History Museum, June 2011.
Top Row, from left: Elizabeth Savelkoul, Robert Ready, Patric Vaelli, (Charles Darwin) R. Taylor Raborn, Robert Ingram, Cindy Brochu.
2nd Row, from left: Andrew Schurko, John Logsdon.
Front Row, from left: Sara Hanson, Sue, Danielle Beekman.
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