Comparative Functional Genomics Lab
Welcome to the Comparative Functional Genomics Laboratory at the University of Guelph led by Dr. Andreas Heyland (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are interested in understanding the evolution of complex developmental programs such as metamorphosis and neurogenesis. We focus primarily on molluscs and echinoderms combining experimental physiological and genomic approaches. Descriptions of other current research projects can be found here.
Our research program includes the following three projects:
Background Dr Andreas Heyland: A large part of my scientific career was dedicated to research on life history theory. I carried out my master's project at the marine biological laboratory in Banyuls sur Mer (France) from 1996-1998 investigating settlement behavior of two marine polychaete species using new real time in situ imaging techniques. During the following two years I was working in collaboration with Dr. Paul I. Ward and Dr. Wolf U. Blankenhorn at the University of Zurich on the quantitative genetics of life history trade-offs and sperm competition in the yellow dung fly Scathophaga stercoraria. I started my Ph.D work in the fall of 2000 with the late Dr. Larry McEdward at the University of Florida. I spent several summers at the Friday Harbor Laboratories (University of Washington) conducting independent research and/or teaching. My Ph.D project focused on the role of thyroid hormones (THs) in echinoderm larval development and metamorphosis and its implications for the evolution of alternative life history modes. I finished my Ph.D. in the spring 2004 and began my post-doctoral work with Dr. Leonid Moroz at the Whitney Laboratory (University of Florida).
MSc/PhD position available
A position is available for an MSc or PhD candidate to join a funded research program focusing on the evolution of development in echinoderms. The candidate will work on questions related to sea urchin metamorphosis, specifically the neuronal and physiological mechanisms underlying this process. The project provides a broad range of training opportunities including, molecular, physiological and developmental techniques.
Highly motivated students with a BSc degree and honours research experience (or equivalent) will be considered. Candidates with strong background in development, physiology, molecular biology or biochemistry are preferred. The University of Guelph provides an excellent environment for graduate students, with a competitive stipend (http://www.uoguelph.ca/ib/grad/graduate.shtml).
Interested students should send a statement of interest and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts and contact information for two references to Dr. Andreas Heyland, email@example.com. The position will remain open until a suitable applicant is identified.