Three new publications: Protein Science, Nature Communications, and Journal of Experimental Biology

We have three new publication announcements to make, covering the last two papers of 2016, and the first of 2017.

In 2016, Chang Lab members in collaboration with Professor John A. Endler (Deakin University) published “A comparative study of rhodopsin function in the great bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis): Spectral tuning and light-activated kinetics” in the journal Protein Science.

Shortly thereafter, Raphael B. Di Roberto and co-advisors Belinda Chang and Sergio G. Peisajovich contributed to a Nature Communications article titled “Evolution of a G protein-coupled receptor response by mutations in regulatory network interactions“.

And finally, to begin 2017, Chang Lab contributors James M. Morrow, Ryan K. Schott, Eduardo de A. Gutierrez, and Belinda S.W. Chang published “A second visual rhodopsin gene, rh1-2, is expressed in zebrafish photoreceptors and found in other ray-finned fishes” in Journal of Experimental Biology.

Happy 2017!

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Congratulations to Gianni on a successful PhD defense!

On October 12, 2016, lab member Gianni Castiglione successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Functional Characterization and Molecular Evolutionary Analyses of Rhodopsin in Fishes and other Vertebrates”. Dr. Castiglione will continue his work in the Chang lab as a Post-Doc. Congratulations Gianni!

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Two new publications: Mitochondrial DNA and The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology

From Elbassiouny et al. (in collaboration with Chang Lab members Ryan K. Schott, Alexander Van Nynatten, and B.S.W. Chang) in Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, is a mitogenome announcement entitled Mitochondrial genomes of the South American electric knifefishes (Order Gymnotiformes).

Next, Gutierrez et al. have contributed a chapter detailing Sensory Systems: Molecular Evolution in Vertebrates in the latest edition (vol. 4) of The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, published by Elsevier and Oxford: Academic Press.

Happy summer everyone!

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Presentation recordings from Evolution 2016

Three of our presentations from the recent Evolution 2016 meeting in Austin were recorded, and their videos can be found below:

From “Targeted hybrid enrichment of complete coding regions across divergent species” by authors Ryan Schott, Bhawandeep Panesar, and Belinda Chang, presented by Ryan Schott:

From “Divergence of the dim light opsin gene in Neotropical cichlids reflects macroevolutionary transitions” by authors Frances Hauser, Ryan Schott, and Belinda Chang, presented by Frances Hauser:

From “Functional evolution in the cetacean dim-light visual pigment” by authors Sarah Dungan and Belinda Chang, presented by Sarah Dungan:

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Chang Lab presentations at Evolution 2016

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A number of lab members will be in Austin from June 17-21 to present at the Evolution 2016 conference.

This year’s talks and posters include:

  1. “Divergence of the dim light opsin gene in Neotropical cichlids reflects macroevolutionary transitions” by Frances Hauser, Ryan Schott, and Belinda Chang.
  2. “Functional evolution in the cetacean dim-light visual pigment” by Sarah Dungan and Belinda Chang.
  3. “Targeted hybrid enrichment of complete coding regions across divergent species” by Ryan Schott, Bhawandeep Panesar, and Belinda Chang.
  4. “Transmutation in the visual system of the Northern Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus” by Nihar Bhattacharya, Benedict Darren, Ryan Schott, and Belinda Chang.
  5. “BlastPhyMe: A toolkit for rapid generation and analysis of protein-coding sequence datasets” by Ryan Schott, Daniel Gow, and Belinda Chang.

For more detailed information, including room numbers and session times, visit the Evolution 2016 website.

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Shedding light on the evolution of whale vision

Whale vision

The University of Toronto department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s website has published a press release regarding the research of one of our PhD students, Sarah Dungan, which can be found here: Shedding light on the evolution of whale vision.

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Happy New Year!

We’re happy to announce two new publications for 2016 to help ring in the new year!

First, Schott et al. continue their research into reptile vision with Evolutionary transformation of rod photoreceptors in the all-cone retina of a diurnal garter snake [PDF], published in PNAS.

Then, Hauser et al. present “Comparative sequence analyses of rhodopsin and RPE65 reveal patterns of selective constraint across hereditary retinal disease mutations” in Visual Neuroscience [PDF], a collaborative effort between many lab members, including three of our Undergraduate students.

Best wishes for a productive year, everyone!

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