Research Faculty #68

General Information

Contact Information

Office Phone
Office Location
Rm 222, the Biodiversity Research Centre
Lab Location
Rm 255, the Biodiversity Research Centre

Research Information

Research Abstract

The study of plant form using the techniques of comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology.

Research Interests

Our lab integrates comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology to study plant form. We are interested in the how different morphologies evolve in plants, as well as the functional significance of morphological differences between species.

Our main model organisms for this include the Leguminosae (floral morphology) and black cottonwood, Populus trichocarpa (adaptive evolution of trees). Next generation sequencing of whole genomes and transcriptomes is an important part of our work.

Research in the lab is funded by the Discovery Grants programme of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Genome Canada.

Team Members

Graduate students (PhD)

Julia Nowak - polarity and evolution of leaves
Xinxin Xue - molecular basis of evolutionary shifts in flower colour
Sæmundur Sveinsson - evolutionary studies in Lathyrus

Postdoctoral Researchers

Armando Geraldes - population genomics of black cottonwood trees (Populus trichocarpa)
Charles Hefer - bioinformatics and genomics, POPCAN project (Douglas lab)
Daisie Huang - evolutionary genomics of Salicaceae, POPCAN project
Ji Yong Yang - evolutionary population studies

Associated researchers

Diana Percy - plant insect interactions
Jack Fisher (Honorary Professor in the Department of Botany) - plant anatomy