Our lab is interested in the systems biology and evolution of epigenetic switches (bistability) and clocks (oscillators) in gene regulatory networks, two functions that are essential for proper patterning, cell proliferation, and cellular differentiation in biological systems.
Anyi Mazo-Vargas is a former member of our lab and currently a first-year graduate student in the Reed lab at Cornell. She is studying the evolution of the gene regulatory networks that control wing color patterns in Heliconius butterflies. Congratulations!
Mariana Gomez-Schiavon is talking about the “Evolutionary dynamics of epigenetic switches in fluctuating environments” at the 3rd annual Winter Q-Bio meeting in Hawaii.
The Duke iGEM team works to promote synthetic biology both in and out of the lab. The team also interfaces with faculty engaged in public policy and ethics to explore synthetic biology’s legal, ethical, and economic impact. The results of the project are submitted to the iGEM competition to be held in Boston in Fall 2015. Interested faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are encourage to apply through our Bass Connections program.
Matthew Faw and Matthew Farnitano (two undergraduate members of our Duke iGEM team) are teaching a Duke House Course on “Creating Life: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology”.