Contact Information:

Kathleen Pryer
Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27707-0338
Email:
Telephone: 919-660-7380
 
 
 
 
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Azolla crowdfunding project launched!

Let's sequence a fern genome together! Check it out here!
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Horizontal gene transfer

Li, et al. 2014. Horizontal transfer of an adaptive chimeric photoreceptor from bryophytes to ferns. PNAS. MEDIA COVERAGE: New York Times, The Economist, National Geographic, Cosmos Magazine, Duke Today, Scientific American, Decoded Science, Nature Reviews Genetics
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Fay-Wei awarded NSF DDIG!

Congratulations to Fay-Wei for his success in the 2013-2014 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) competition! DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Assessing the Evolutionary Significance of Recurrent Horizontal Gene Transfer of a Chimeric Photoreceptor in Ferns
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Amanda Grusz, Ph.D.!!!

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Congratulations Amanda - our newly minted Ph.D! On March 25, Amanda successfully defended her dissertation to her Ph.D. committee (Pryer, Advisor; Donohue, Mitchell-Olds, Noor, and Windham). Graduation day on May 10! ... then Amanda embarks on a posdoc at the Smithsonian Institution in DC. We will miss you Amanda!
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Paul Wolf (Utah State) joins us for his sabbatical!

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Lady Gaga was honored by Duke University biologists. Kathleen Pryer and colleagues named a new genus of ferns found in Central and South America, Mexico, Arizona and Texas after the pop music megastar. A genus is a group of closely related species; in this case, 19 species of ferns will carry the name Gaga. At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga's famous costumes. Members of the new genus also bear a distinct DNA sequence spelling GAGA.

Read more HERE

 
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