Arthi Bala Presents at the Spring Undergraduate Exhibition!

Penn State University hosts The Undergraduate Exhibition annually to provide undergraduate students of all PSU campuses the opportunity to showcase their engagement experiences, research projects and performance arts with a variety of media and poster presentations for the university and for the public.

Renner Lab’s Undergraduate Researcher, Arthi Bala, who is a sophomore in the Biology Department of the Eberly College of Science, presented her first research poster Wednesday evening, which outlined her research completed over the last two semesters with Mentor Adam Rork. The research titled “Multiple Losses of Folate Cycle Genes in Archaea” focuses on bioinformatic analysis in the conservation and loss of genes involved in the folate cycle related to purine biosynthesis, resulting in maximum-likelihood Archaean phylogenies. The proposed phylogenies suggest evolutionary pathways in 18 Archaen orders for two purine biosynthesis genes, FTHFS and FOLD.

The Renner Lab is very excited for the great work being done by our undergraduate researchers and their mentors, and are equally excited to have Arthi Bala joining us during  Summer 2019 for additional bioinformatics research, fieldwork, laboratory science!

Provost’s Award for Best Poster

Undergraduate researchers Zach Johnston and Nick Elliott win the Provost’s Award for the best poster at the San Diego State University Student Research Symposium (SRS). Poster title: “Molecular Evolution and Expression of Defense Genes Underlying Plant Carnivory”. Way to go! The SRS is a two-day event recognizing the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of SDSU students. Find out more about the San Diego State University’s SRS.

‘Spiraling Into History’: Molecular Phylogeny, Biogeographic Origins, And Floral Evolution Of Spiral Gingers Published!

Our collaborative manuscript on the evolution of Costus has been published in Systematic Botany. Congratulations Shayla Salzman, Heather Driscoll, Thiago André, Stacy Shen, and Chelsea Specht

See the full paper here: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1600/036364415X686404Picture

Amanda Romaine Presents at Evolution 2014

Tanya and undergraduate researcher Amanda Romaine are going to Evolution 2014! Please stop by Amanda’s poster on “The implications of life history on the molecular evolution of chemoreception in predatory paussine beetles”, research supported by NIH and the PERT program at the University of Arizona.

Update: We had a great time at Evolution 2014! Amanda had many people visit her poster and Tanya’s paussine chemosensory talk was well attended. We even had a chance to visit some carnivorous plants in the wild at the Green Swamp.Picture