The McCutcheon lab's old news:
28 August 2014 : Our paper describing a very unusual sympatric
speciation event in a cicada endosymbiont has just been published at
Cell. We also made a "video abstract" for the paper, which can be
viewed at the Cell Press YouTube channel.
24 July 2014 : Patrick Keeling and I wrote a Dispatch for Current Biology highlighting a super cool new paper from Atsushi Nakabachi and colleagues, which describes
import of an aphid-encoded protein into Buchnera.
17 July 2014 : Together with
Ford Doolittle (Dalhousie) and Patrick Keeling (UBC), I
am co-organizing a Sackler colloquium called, "Symbioses becoming
permanent: The origins and evolutionary trajectories of organelles,"
sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and CIFAR. If you are
interested in the evolution of organelles or endosymbionts, please
consider signing up! It's going to be a small meeting, and there are
deep discounts available for students.
26 March 2014 : Our paper from
last year describing the complicated history of HGT in a mealybug was
highlighted at the ASM blog Small Things Considered.
20 February 2014 : Led by Rebecca Duncan
and Alex Wilson at
Miami, our collaborative work on the evolution of amino acid
transporters in sap-feeding insects was just
published in Molecular Ecology.
23 August 2013 : Another great piece from Carl Zimmer on a cool new Genome Biology and Evolution paper from Gordon Bennett
and Nancy Moran describing the new record holder for the smallest
8 August 2013 : Congratulations to Filip
Husnik, graduate student at the University of South Bohemia, CZ, who
has been awarded a fellowship from the Fulbright Foreign Student
Program to come to the lab for the 2014 academic year!
5 August 2013 : My Dispatch on a cool new paper from Atsushi
Nakabachi and colleagues has just been published in Current Biology.
July 2013 : Our recent Cell paper
has been highlighted by Nicole Gerardo
in Cell Host & Microbe and at Nature Reviews Microbiology.
11 July 2013 : Our paper on the population genomics of
recently introduced invasive species was just published in
4 July 2013 : Our recent Cell paper
has been highlighted in the New York Times. Thanks to Carl Zimmer for his interest in our
1 July 2013 : The lab welcomes two new members this summer.
Matt Campbell arrives as a new OBE graduate student, and Mariah Meyer as
a UM undergrad research assistant. Welcome Matt and Mariah! [Read more about the people in the group]
25 June 2013 : Our recent Cell paper
has been highlighted at National Geographic, the LA Times, and Simon Science
News. Thanks to Ed Yong, Brad Balukjian, and Emily Singer for their
interest in our work.
20 June 2013 : Our paper describing extensive
bacteria-to-insect HGT in mealybugs was just published in
Cell! [See all of the McCutcheon lab
8 April 2013 : Dan was just awarded an NSF Graduate
Research Fellowship! Congrats Dan! [Read more
about the people in the group]
1 January 2013 : Our work on cicada endosymbionts
has been funded by a three-year grant
from the National Science Foundation. [Read more
about our research]
6 December 2012 : Toby's proposal on lichen genomics
was funded by the Austrian Science Foundation. He'll continue on as a
post-doc in the lab, joint with the University of Graz. [Read more about the people in the group]
1 October 2012 : Toby has had three papers published in
the last few months, including one in Molecular Ecology. [See all of
the McCutcheon lab publications]
27 September 2012 : John was just appointed an
Associate Member of the CIFAR Program
Microbial Biodiversity. [Read more about the
people in the group]
27 August 2012 : Dan Vanderpool joins the lab as a PhD
student. Welcome, Dan! [Read more about the people
in the group]
14 June 12 : Two new NSF-REU supported summer students
arrive: Welcome Emily (UM) and Dionna (Northeastern U). [Read more about the people in the group]
6 June 12 : The lab welcomes Russ Meister (UConn) for a
short stay this summer to work on cicada symbionts. [Read more about the people in the group].
14 February 12 : Kelly Nelson was awarded an HHMI-MILES
research fellowship for 2012. [Read more about the
people in the group].
1 January 12 : Our review on small genomes was just
published in Nature Reviews Microbiology. [Read the article].
2 December 11 : Toby Spribille joins the lab as a
postdoctoral fellow. [Read more about the people
in the group].
23 November 11 : Our paper on the surprising AT
mutational bias in Hodgkinia has just been published at Genome
Biology and Evolution. [Read the article].
2 October 11 : Our Current Biology paper on the
mealybug symbionts has been highlighted in Science, Nature, Scientific American,
io9, and Small Things Considered. [Read the article].