Notice: Undefined index: mobile in /home/www/web/ucas-en/includes/ on line 210

Notice: Innovation Lecture Series at the Hydrobiology Institute of CAS

SpeakerDr. Rebecca A. Zufall, University of Houston

TitleMutation, Migration, and Sex: Evolutionary Genetics in Tetrahymena Thermophila

Time: 10 a.m. October 21

VenueLecture Room 8, Key Lab Building, the Hydrobiology Institute of CAS

C.V. of the Speaker

Appointments and Education

2013-presentAssociate Professor, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2006-2013Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston TX

2003-2005Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Advisor: Laura Katz

2003Ph.D., Department of Biology and Program in Genetics, Duke University, Durham, NC, Advisor: Mark Rausher

1996B.S., Biology, concentration Genetics and Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Advisor: Sara Via Grants and Fellowships

2013-2018Mutation accumulation in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, NIH-NIGMS, role: PI (co-I's: R. Azevedo and R. Cartwright), $1,442,528.

2010-2013Sex ratio evolution in the model ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, role: PI, $74,520.

2006-2007Cis-acting signals and genome-wide effects of extensive genome processing in diverse ciliates, National Science Foundation, role: PI, $50,000

Publications (select)

Phadke, S. S., T. Paixão, T. Pham*, S. Pham*, and R. A. Zufall. 2014. Genetic background alters dominance relationships between mat alleles in Tetrahymena thermophila. Journal of Heredity 105: 130-135.

Long, H., T. Paixão, R. B. R. Azevedo, and R. A. Zufall. 2013. Accumulation of spontaneous mutations in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Genetics. 195: 527-540. (Featured in "Issue Highlights" and journal cover.)

Zufall, R. A., K. L. Dimond, and F. P. Doerder. 2013. Restricted distribution and limited gene flow in the model ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Molecular Ecology 22: 1081-1091. (Featured in "Perspectives.")

Zufall, R. A., M. Sturm* and B. C. Mahon. 2012. Evolution of germline-limited sequences in two populations of the ciliate Chilodonella uncinata. Journal of Molecular Evolution 74:140-146.

Paixão, T., S. S. Phadke, R. B. R. Azevedo, and R. A. Zufall. 2011. Sex ratio evolution under probabilistic sex determination. Evolution 65: 2050-2060.

Zufall, R. A., C. L. McGrath*, S. V. Muse, and L. A. Katz. 2006. Genome architecture drives protein evolution in ciliates. Molecular Biology and Evolution 23:1681-1687.

Zufall, R. A. and M. D. Rausher. 2004. Genetic changes associated with floral adaptation restrict future evolutionary potential. Nature 428: 847-850.

Professional Service

Associate Editor, Genome Biology and Evolution, 2014-2017

Steering Committee, Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity in Ciliates, 2011-present

Nominating Committee, International Society of Protistologists, 2008-2009, 2010-2011