Tiezheng Fan

My research interests lie in the processes and mechanisms of how organisms adapt to their changing environments. I am interested in microevolutionary aspects of adaptation where specific traits are favored or selected against as a result of various selection forces, and the macroevolutionary aspects in which new species are formed and others go extinct.

      Maddie Albert

      I am a fourth-year undergraduate student currently working towards a B.S. in Global Disease Biology here at UC Davis. My interests include comparative biology, molecular evolution, and marine biology. I am extremely interested in learning about the interdependencies between organisms and the environment, specifically relating to climate change and a species’ evolutionary biology. I have always had a deep fascination (obsession) with cnidarian species and their biology. I am super excited to be studying these critters in the lab this year!

          John LaRue

          One of the most interesting questions in Evolutionary Biology is how changes in DNA sequence can lead to the evolution of entirely new morphological structures and body plans. I’m interested in the patterns and processes of molecular evolution that drive the morphological diversity we see in the biosphere and in the fossil record. I want to investigate the relative roles of phylogenetic constraints, gene regulation, and gene duplication in the evolution of morphological novelties. To answer these questions, I intend to integrate developmental experiments with comparative genomic and phylogenetic analyses in Cnidaria. I also maintain a general interest in the evolution of animal multicellularity and the role of regeneration in Cnidarian development.

              Ismael Acedo

              I am interested in using bioinformatics to interpret sequencing data and understand what lies hidden in a genome. I am particularly interested in metagenomes/microbiomes.

                  Jashanpreet Khaira

                  I’m a 4th year undergrad student majoring in Biological Sciences. I’m interested in research involving genes and evolution in the context of paleobiology. My academic goals include finishing my BS degree and pursuing medical education in the future.

                      Jacob Lipovac

                      I’m a transfer student from Butte College, up in northern California near my hometown of Paradise. When I first started school, I rapidly became involved with and amazed by all things biology, a fascination that has never faded! I am particularly interested in studying the nervous system with an emphasis (obsession?) on questions about the biological basis of consciousness. I am thrilled to be learning lots, contributing to research, and taking care of the animals in Dr. Gold’s lab as I pursue my Neurobiology-focused degree. I’m also planning to apply to MD (and probably a few MD-PhD) programs in the upcoming cycle, so stay tuned for the next step in the adventure!

                          C.C. Clark

                          I am a second year undergraduate here at UC Davis who is majoring in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity. I am interested in studying evolutionary biology, genetics/genomics, conservation biology, marine biology, ecology, paleobiology, and much more! I am super excited to be helping with research in Professor Gold’s lab!

                              Emily Shane

                              I am passionate about topics related to paleobiology, plant science, and wildlife biology and how research into these fields can help us understand ways to mitigate climate change and restore ecosystems. My career goals include lab work combined with field work focused on these areas. After pursuing and (hopefully) focusing my interests more, I plan on attending graduate school in the future!

                                  Paóla Benefo

                                  Paóla J. A. Benefo is a Ghanaian-Italian who grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She is a Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds Scholar, New York Times Opinion author, and Phi Kappa Phi scholar amongst many other achievements. She is interested in all things science, specifically biology. She aims to be a dentist that serves underserved communities like her own.

                                  Website: https://blaca.weebly.com

                                    Roxanne Banker

                                    I am interested in the growth and function of molluscan shells, as well as understanding the ecological and oceanographic contexts in which adaptations evolve. I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Davis investigating how oyster gene expression and microbiomes change throughout ontogeny and under varying pH conditions, and how these factors work in concert to affect calcification.