Chris Lane (PI)

clane{at}, ph. (401) 874-2683, CBLS277
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My long-term interests relate to the mechanisms behind the process of reduction in both nuclear and organellar genomes. Most recently I have focused on the evolution and spread of eukaryotic photosynthesis, particularly in the cryptophytes and related chromalveolates, but my lab is using both oomycetes and red algal parasites as models to study eukaryotic genome reduction and the genomic causes and consequences of a parasitic life-style. Click here for details.


Nic Blouin

Post doc

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Broadly my interests relate to the evolution of reproductive strategies and how these adaptations function to provide mechanisms for organisms to persist in the extreme environment of the intertidal zone. I am currently focusing on the red algal parasitic life-style and how reproductive adaptation in closely related species allows for persistence of parasitic associations between closely related taxa. Click here for details.




Katlyn Dash

MSc Student
Email: katelyn_dash{@}




Jillan Freese

PhD Student
Email: jillian_freese{@}



Chris Paight

PhD Student
Email: cpaight{at}



Thea Popolizio

PhD student
Email: tpopolizio{at}

Thea is expanding our understanding of Bermuda's algal diversity, using a combination of DNA sequencing of key samples and careful morphological investigations. Her project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Craig Schneider, at Trinity College.


Eric Salomaki

PhD Student
Email: eric_salomaki{at}

Eric interested in evolution, symbioses, and co-evolution specifically between parasites and their hosts. Currently he is sequencing the genomes of the parasitic red alga Choreocolax polysiphoniae and its host Vertebrata lanosa, which both evolved from a shared recent common ancestor, to investigate the early genomic consequences of an organism adopting a parasitic life strategy.

Danny Wolf

BSc student





Ian Misner

PhD 2012

Currently a postdoc at Towson University

Ian's focus is comparative nuclear genomics of oomycetes. Ian sequenced the genomes of the parasitic Achlya hypogyna and the free-living Thraustotheca clavata during his PhD. Ian's project was a collaborative effort with Dr. Craig Bailey, at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.



Megan O’Brien

MS 2012
Email: obrienm{at}

Currently a Fullbright Fellow studying marine policy in Iceland

Megan used comparative mitochondrial genomics to examine a local red algal host/parasite pair, which are not directly related to one another. Her project shed light on genomic changes in parasites with multiple hosts.



Lily Hancock

MSc 2010
Email: lhancock{at}

After working as a technician at the NYBG, Lily began a PhD at Brown University in 2012.

Lilly used adelphoparasite and host mitochondial genomes to understand genome evolution in recently-evolved parasites. Her comparative analyses addressed some of the genomic consequences of becoming a parasite.


Amy Boisvert

BSc student

Amy tackled the green algae from the Bermuda Seaweed project during the 2012-2013 academic year by extracting DNA, amplifying and sequencing PCR products from Bermuda samples.



Taylor Clement

BSc student







Tom Shamp

BSc student

Tom is assisting Thea with the Bermuda Seaweed project by extracting DNA, amplifying and sequencing PCR products from Bermuda red algal samples. Tom traveled to Bermuda in the summer of 2012 to collect and process samples for his project as part of an NSF supplement.



Liz Sullivan

BSc student

Liz is assisting Nic with the sequencing and assembly of the Gracilariopsis andersonii plastid genome project. Liz was a 2012 INBRE summer research fellow and is working in the lab for the 2012-2013 academic year, completing her project.


Alyssa Rogers

Research Technician

Alyssa was a 2012 EPSCoR summer research fellow and worked in the lab as an undergraduate during the the 2012-2013 academic year.