Rebekah Rogers - PI

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Rebekah Rogers is interested in evolution of genome structure. She studies the ways that complex mutations, like duplications, deletions and chromosomal rearrangements form brand new gene sequences. She also studies how natural selection acts on these new gene sequences to produce evolutionary change. The Rogers lab studies these mutations in a variety of evolutionary systems including Drosophila, mammoths and elephants, and humans.

Nick Stewart - Postdoc

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Nick Stewart works on the genetic basis of meiotic drive. Nick did his PhD with Bryant McAllister at the University of Iowa. His thesis showed that chromosomal fusions cause segregation distortion in D. americana and D. novomexicana. This segregation distortion system is associated with a latitudinal cline in North America. Nick is currently using next generation sequencing to study the genetic changes associated with this segregation distortion system in Drosophila.

Nick is also working on genome structure changes and how they lead to new gene creation. He is the lab's chief Drosophila wrangler. Nick grew up in Idaho who enjoys fly fishing and hiking outdoors.

Cathy Moore - Lab Tech

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Cathy Moore is a research specialist in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNCC. Cathy did her undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt and her PhD in Biology at UNCC. Cathy leads molecular work in the lab. She is generating Illumina sequence data for population genomic panels of D. yakuba as well as RNAseq experiments in hybrid Drosophila.

Olga Better - PhD Student

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Olga Better is a PhD student in the Rogers Lab. Olga is interested in pathogens and they ways that they interact with their hosts. She is currently working on Wolbachia and the ways that it alters genome evolution in Drosophila. Olga did her undergraduate at NC State and previously worked with the molecular core at Duke University.

Stephanie Perez Robles - Masters Student

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Stephanie Perez Robles is interested in aquatic and marine biology. She currently leads the bivalve sequencing and annotation project in the Rogers Lab. Stephanie has generated Illumina sequence data for population samples of M. nervosa. She is currently working on annotation and assembly of the bivalve genome.

Rittika Mallik - Masters Student

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Rittika Mallik is a computational biologist. She is working on repetitive elements in elephant genomes.

Previous Students

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Anh Moss - Professional Masters Student Intern
Anh Moss is currently a Professional Masters of Science Student. Anh completed a summer internship project with the Rogers Lab, during which she worked with Dr. Rogers to find genome structure changes within Drosophila yakuba genomes using bioinformatic pipelines. Anh completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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