Molecular Evolution

Molecular evolution is the study of the processes of evolution focused on analyses of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. Since the field emerged in the 1960s it has galvanized our understanding of phylogenetics, biogeography, human evolution, and shed light on many other areas of biology.  In the CIG our ME interests are represented by Joe Lachance (evolution of disease risk), Soojin Yi (evolution of epigenetic regulation), King Jordan (admixture in Latin America), and Todd Streelman (evolution and development in African cichlid fish).

Related Research Faculty

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
CIG Research Interest:
King's group studies the evolution of genomes in the context of infectious disease. He has active collaborations across Latin America and with the CDC, and directs the GT Bioinformatics program.
Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
CIG Research Interest:
Joe is setting up a human population genetics and molecular evolution lab using computational simulations and whole genome analysis. He is really interested in analysis of divergence of disease risk among human populations.
Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
CIG Research Interest:
Todd's group studies development and evolution in cichlid fish using genomic approaches. He has projects ranging from dentition to nesting behavior, combining transcriptomics and genetic analysis.
Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
CIG Research Interest:
Soojin's group is engaged in molecular evolutionary studies, mostly of primates. She is particularly interested in the evolution of methylation and of the function of non-coding regions of the genome.