Lately we have become interested in addressing is how parasites overcome toxins made by plants, including toxins with broad targets such as mustard oils (e.g., wasabi) and those with specific targets, like cardenolides (e.g., digitoxin). The main model systems we use include flies in the Drosophila lineage and the genetic model plant Arabidopsis thaliana as well as cardenolide-bearing plants.
Latest news from the Whiteman Laboratory: Ph.D. candidates Kirsten Verster and Tim O'Connor each received a summer research grant from the Department of Integrative Biology!
Ph.D candidate Tim O'Connor received another Philomathia fellowship to support his dissertation research next year. Congrats Tim!
We're getting close to submitting our ten-years-in-the-making genome paper on Scaptomyza flava and relatives. Stay tuned!
Noah was a co-chair of the 2018 Annual Drosophila Research Conference (of the Genetics Society of America) in Philadelphia, the next conference will be held in Dallas, Texas.
Ph.D. student Nicolas Alexandre received a grant from the David and Marvalee Wake Fund to support his work on broad-tailed hummingbird genomics.
Ph.D. student Julianne Pelaez received a Mentored Research Award from UC-Berkeley
Ph.D. student Julianne Pelaez received a 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research on reproductive biology of drosophilid flies.
Former Ph.D. students Dr. Parris Humphrey and Dr. Andrew Gloss led a recent publication on habitat-associated evolutionary divergence in a plant driven by interactions with herbivores for a special issue on plant-herbivore interactions in Oecologia (PDF is found here).