People

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.





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.







Rittika Mallik - PhD Student

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Rittika Mallik is a computational biologist. She is working on repetitive elements in elephant genomes. She has identified recently proliferating transposable elements in the genomes of Asian and African elephants. She will work on TE differences among elephants.








Brandon Turner - Joint Undergrad/Masters Student

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Brandon Turner is interested population genetics. He is analyzing genome structure variants in D. yakuba and D. santomea. He is a math and statistics major with interested in Big Data analysis for biological data.









Kevin Selles - Undergrad

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Kevin Selles is a Bioinformatics concentrator. He leads the analysis of genome structure variation in freshwater bivalves for the Rogers lab.









Steven Kay - Undergrad

Steven Kay is a Bioinformatics concentrator graduating in winter 2018. He is analyzing tandem duplications in Drosophila for the Rogers lab.







Previous Members

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.

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 worked on annotation and assembly of the bivalve genome.









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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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