The McCutcheon lab's old news:
16 September 2015 : Congratulations to Piotr, who was just awarded
National Geographic grant to expand our work on on the cicadas of Chile and
Argentina! We and our collaborators are off to Santiago in
18 August 2015 : John
Carey has written a really interesting news piece on endosymbiosis and
organelles in the latest issue of PNAS.
18 August 2015 : With Patrick Keeling and Ford Doolittle, our
overview of the Sackler Colloquium, Symbiosis becoming
permanent, was just published in PNAS.
12 August 2015 : Led by Gordon Bennett,
and in collaboration with Nancy Moran, our paper
on the evolution of Baumannia in different sharpshooters was just published in GBE.
11 August 2015 : Congratulations to Stephanie Ray
Weldon, recent recipient of a NASA
Postdoctoral Program Fellowship! Stephanie will be joining the lab in
January 2016 from the University of Georgia. Welcome, Stephanie!
18 May 2015 : Many thanks to Ed
Yong for his terrific National Geographic piece on
our recent PNAS
18 May 2015 : Our work on the crazy 'Hodgkinia genome
complex' found in periodical cicadas was just published in PNAS
16 April 2015 : Congratulations to Piotr
on his recent Ecological, Evolutionary
and Conservation Genomics Award from the AGA!
26 January 2015 : JT's DDIG was just
recommended for funding! Congratulations JT, and thanks to the NSF for the
continued support of our work!
31 October 2014 : Science just published a story in the "In
Depth" section of the magazine on the recent Sackler Colloquium that was organized by
Patrick Keeling, Ford Doolittle, and me. Thanks to Liz Pennisi for
making the trip and reporting on the meeting.
6 October 2014 : Led by PI Frank Rosenzweig, the University of
Montana is one of seven institutions that were just named as new members of the NASA Astrobiology
Institute (NAI). Our lab has one of several five-year projects funded by
this grant; we will focus on the evolution and function of proteins encoded by
tiny symbiont genomes. Thank you NASA!
3 October 2014 : Led by Gordon Bennett and Nancy Moran, our paper
describing the different ways in which one symbiont has co-evolved with another
in different species of insects has just been published in
15 September 2014 : Many thanks to Liz Pennisi for
blurb in Science on our recent Cell
11 September 2014 : We've welcomed two new people to the lab in the last couple of weeks. Piotr
Lukasik has just arrived on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, and Filip Husnik
has returned to the lab on a 9-month Fulbright fellowship. Welcome Piotr and
28 August 2014 : Many thanks to Ed Yong for covering our recent Cell paper on
his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science.
28 August 2014 : Our paper describing a very unusual sympatric
speciation event in a cicada endosymbiont has just been published at
Cell. We also made a "video abstract" for the paper, which can be
viewed at the Cell Press YouTube channel.
24 July 2014 : Patrick Keeling and I wrote a Dispatch for Current Biology highlighting a super cool new paper
from Atsushi Nakabachi and colleagues, which describes import of an
aphid-encoded protein into Buchnera.
17 July 2014 : Together with Ford
Doolittle (Dalhousie) and Patrick Keeling (UBC), I am
co-organizing a Sackler colloquium called, "Symbioses becoming permanent: The
origins and evolutionary trajectories of organelles," sponsored by the
National Academy of Sciences and CIFAR. If you are interested in the evolution
of organelles or endosymbionts, please consider signing up! It's going to be a
small meeting, and there are deep discounts available for students.
26 March 2014 : Our paper from last
year describing the complicated history of HGT in a mealybug was highlighted at
the ASM blog Small
20 February 2014 : Led by Rebecca Duncan and Alex Wilson at Miami, our
collaborative work on the evolution of amino acid transporters in sap-feeding
insects was just published
in Molecular Ecology.
23 August 2013 : Another great piece from Carl Zimmer on a cool new Genome Biology and Evolution paper from Gordon Bennett and
Nancy Moran describing the new record holder for the smallest bacterial
8 August 2013 : Congratulations to Filip Husnik,
graduate student at the University of South Bohemia, CZ, who has been awarded a
fellowship from the Fulbright
Foreign Student Program to come to the lab for the 2014 academic
5 August 2013 : My Dispatch on a cool new paper from Atsushi
Nakabachi and colleagues has just been published in Current Biology.
July 2013 : Our recent Cell paper has
been highlighted by Nicole Gerardo in Cell
Host & Microbe and at Nature Reviews Microbiology.
11 July 2013 : Our paper on the population genomics of recently
introduced invasive species was just published in Molecular
4 July 2013 : Our recent Cell paper has
been highlighted in the New York Times. Thanks to Carl Zimmer for his interest in our work.
1 July 2013 : The lab welcomes two new members this summer. Matt
Campbell arrives as a new OBE graduate student, and Mariah Meyer as a UM
undergrad research assistant. Welcome Matt and Mariah! [Read more about the people in the group]
25 June 2013 : Our recent Cell paper has
been highlighted at National Geographic, the LA Times, and Simon Science News.
Thanks to Ed Yong, Brad Balukjian, and Emily Singer for their interest in
20 June 2013 : Our paper describing extensive bacteria-to-insect
HGT in mealybugs was just published in Cell!
[See all of the McCutcheon lab publications]
8 April 2013 : Dan was just awarded an NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship! Congrats Dan! [Read more about the people in
1 January 2013 : Our work on cicada endosymbionts has been funded by a three-year grant from the
National Science Foundation. [Read more about our
6 December 2012 : Toby's proposal on lichen genomics was funded by
the Austrian Science Foundation. He'll continue on as a post-doc in the lab,
joint with the University of Graz. [Read more about the
people in the group]
1 October 2012 : Toby has had three papers published in the last
few months, including one in Molecular Ecology. [See all of the
McCutcheon lab publications]
27 September 2012 : John was just appointed an Associate Member of
the CIFAR Program in Integrated
Microbial Biodiversity. [Read more about the people in
27 August 2012 : Dan Vanderpool joins the lab as a PhD student.
Welcome, Dan! [Read more about the people in the
14 June 12 : Two new NSF-REU supported summer students arrive:
Welcome Emily (UM) and Dionna (Northeastern U). [Read more
about the people in the group]
6 June 12 : The lab welcomes Russ Meister (UConn) for a short stay
this summer to work on cicada symbionts. [Read more about
the people in the group].
14 February 12 : Kelly Nelson was awarded an HHMI-MILES research
fellowship for 2012. [Read more about the people in the
1 January 12 : Our review on small genomes was just published in
Nature Reviews Microbiology. [Read
2 December 11 : Toby Spribille joins the lab as a postdoctoral
fellow. [Read more about the people in the group].
23 November 11 : Our paper on the surprising AT mutational bias in
Hodgkinia has just been published at Genome Biology and Evolution. [Read the article].
2 October 11 : Our Current Biology paper on the mealybug symbionts
has been highlighted in Science, Nature, Scientific American, io9, and Small Things Considered. [Read the article].