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February 2017

Carrie's paper on the evolutionary implications of germ line specification mechanisms is accepted for publication in PNAS.

Seth Donoughe is a featured scientist on a Science/AAAS Webinar on automated imaging called "What automation can do for you: The benefits and pitfalls of automating your microscopy research." Register (for free) here to watch the video.

January 2017

Welcome to Aracely Newton, a new postdoc joining the lab on an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Welcome to Jacob Austin-Breneman, a rotation student in the MCO graduate training program.

December 2016

Cassandra is interviewed by Radio New Zealand on her science and music careers. Listen to the interviews with Eva Radich on RNZ Upbeat, and with Kim Hill on RNZ Saturday Morning.

September 2016

Welcome to Isabel Baker, a new graduate student in the OEB graduate program!

Cassandra participates in a panel discussion on "Out in Academia: Navgating the job market, grad school, and early career as an LGBTQ academic." Read the report by the Harvard Crimson.

July 2016

Carrie's paper on the impact of germ line specification mechanisms on genome evolution is accepted for publication in Nature Communications. PDF

Cassandra moderates a panel discussion at the Allied Genetics Conference on the discovery of the homeobox. Read the meeting report and see the video of the panel discussion.

June 2016

Welcome to Amber Shaw, a high school intern who will be working with Austen Barnett on cricket oogenesis!

May 2016

Farewell to Davys Lopez, who is off to graduate school in developmental biology at Columbia University, and to Aisha Dorta, who is moving to South Korea to teach! We're proud of you and we'll miss you!

May 2016

Welcome to Sophia Ramsey, an undergraduate student who will be working with Arpita Kulkarni on cricket and fly development!

March 2016

Welcome to Casey Maloney, our new Research Coordinator!

March 2016 Carrie's paper on codon use in a spider is accepted for publication in Genome Biology and Evolution. PDF of accepted MS
November 2015

Taro's paper on the role of Blimp-1 in cricket germ cell specification is accepted for publication in Development. PDF of accepted MS * Read more in "In This Issue" of Development *

October 2015

Welcome to Arpita Kulkarni, a new postdoc in the lab.

September 2015

Welcome to Joe Deas, a new postdoc in the lab.

August 2015

Carrie's paper on codon use in Pancrustacea is accepted for publication in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. PDF

Welcome to Sam Church and Amaneet Lochab, graduate students in the OEB graduate training program.

June 2015

Welcome to Harsha Tarikere and Tarun Kumar, new postdocs in the lab.

Welcome to Linda Honaker and Leo Blondel, graduate students in the MCO graduate training program.

May 2015

Cassandra's collaborative paper with other members of the Evo-Devo community on the current status and future of this exciting field is published in Evolution and Development. PDF

Prashant's paper on appendage homology between insects and chelicerates is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. PDF

April 2015

Cassandra discusses her career path and experiences at the Marine Biological Laboratory in an interview for the MBL History Project. [YouTube] Learn more about the MBL History Project here.

Congratulations to Chiyoung for being awarded a Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) Fellowship to continue his work on high throughput cricket embryo imaging!

Congratulations to John Srouji for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! See photos of the champagne toast here.

Cassandra is interviewed for episode #244 of the People Behind the Science podcast. [download] [iTunes] [stitcher] [soundcloud]

Seth's paper on stages of embryogenesis in Gryllus bimaculatus is accepted for publication in Developmental Biology. PDF of uncorrected proof

February 2015

Congratulations to Larry and Chiyoung for being awarded Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) Fellowships!

January 2015

Welcome to Larry Zhang and Chiyoung Kim, undergraduate students working with Seth on early embryonic development in Gryllus.

December 2014

Didem's paper on the role of Hippo signaling in Drosophila melanogaster ovarian development is accepted for publication in PLoS Genetics. PDF

Congratulations to Didem Sarikaya for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis! See photos of the champagne toast here.

October 2014

Welcome back to Prashant Sharma, our collaborator on chelicerate body plan evo-devo, who has returned to our lab to work on spider appendage development.

Welcome to Linda Honaker and Leo Blondel, rotation students in the MCO Graduate Training Program.

September 2014

Welcome to Winnie Belai, our new research assistant, and Austen Barnett, a new postdoc.

August 2014

Evelyn's paper on spider germ cell formation is accepted for publication in Developmental Biology PDF

Welcome to Aisha Dorta and Davys Lopez, post-baccalaureate students in the GSAS Research Scholars Program.

July 2014

Prashant's paper on scorpion Hox genes is accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. PDF

Our collaborative paper with several other spider labs on the developmental transcriptome of the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum is accepted for publication in PLoS ONE. PDF

June 2014

Welcome to new lab members Carrie Whittle, a postdoc, and Rinat Degani, an undergraduate student.

May 2014

Welcome to Indu Nair, a new postdoc.

April 2014

Congratulations to Ben Ewen-Campen and Andre Green for successfully defending their Ph.D. theses! See photos of the champagne toasts here.

Congratulations to Kim Johansson for being awarded an EDEN Undergraduate Internship and a Grant-In-Aid of Undergraduate Research from the Museum of Comparative Zoology!

March 2014

Cassandra was promoted to tenure and Full Professor. In December she accepted Harvard's offer!

February 2014

Congratulations to Nia Walker for being awarded a Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) Fellowship!

Welcome to Kim Johansson, an undergraduate student from Harvard College!

Seth's paper on the role of BMP signaling in cricket germ cell formation is accepted for publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. PDF

January 2014

Welcome to Andrew Lawson, a rotation student from the MCO Graduate Program, and Nia Walker, an undergraduate student from Harvard College!

December 2013

Andre's paper on the evolution of insulin signaling in fruit fly ovariole number divergence and phenotypic plasticity is accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. PDF * Read more in the Harvard Gazette

Cassandra will be hosting an Evo-Devo community workshop at NESCent from 11-13 December, 2013. Click here to learn how you can can "attend" virtually.

Abha's paper on the molecular evolution of oskar in Drosophilids is accepted for publication in Development, Genes and Evolution. PDF

November 2013

Prashant's paper on the evolution of cap-n-collar expression in Arthropods is accepted for publication in EvoDevo. PDF

Tripti's paper on germ plasm in the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis is accepted for publication in EvoDevo. PDF

September 2013

Cassandra is interviewed for articles in Scientific American and Quanta Magazine on the Program Cooperation and the Evolution of Multicellularity that she co-organized at the Kavli Institite for Theoretical Physics.

August 2013

Ana's paper demonstrating a video protocol for blastomere ablation in the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis is accepted for publication in The Journal of Visualized Experiments. PDF

Tamsin's paper on the role of BMP signaling in frog limb development is published in the Journal of Anatomy.

Congratulations to Taro, who has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

June 2013

Read Cassandra's commentary on a recent hypothesis on the role of germ line stem cell maintenance in the evolution of reproductive strategies. [pdf]

Welcome to Prashant Sharma, a visiting postdoc from the American History of Natural History, Erick Bayala, an undergraduate student from the MCO Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, and Taro Nakamura, a new postdoc.

May 2013

Congratulations to Evelyn, who has been selected for a Visiting Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to pursue work at in the McGregor Lab at Oxford Brookes University in 2014.

April 2013

Congratulations to Prince for receiving a Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) Fellowship.

Congratulations to Evelyn for receiving first prize in the postdoc poster competition at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Society of Developmental Biology.

Congratulations to Andre for receiving a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.

March 2013

Ben's paper on the role of zygotic mechanisms in specifying germ cells in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus is accepted for publication in Current Biology. [pdf]

Ben and Tamsin's paper on germ line development in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus is is accepted for publication in Biology Open (Company of Biologists). [pdf]

Victor's paper on the creation and de novo annotation of a transcriptome for the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus is is accepted for publication in PLoS ONE. [PDF of accepted MS]

February 2013

The Scientist reports on the Program "Cooperation and the Evolution of Multicellularity" co-organised by Cassandra at the Kavli Institite for Theoretical Physics. [article]

Congratulations to Yue Meng for receiving a fellowship from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP).

January 2013

Congratulations to Andre, who has been selected as the graduate student representative to the Communications Committee of the Genetics Society of America (GSA).

Our collaborative paper with Prashant Sharma of the Giribet lab onRNAi interference in harvestmen and the roles of dac and Dll in appendage development and evolution is accepted for publication in Evolution and Development. This paper was featured as a Cover Article! [pdf]

October 2012

Ben's paper on the evolution of the oskar gene is accepted for publication in Current Biology. Read more in the Harvard Gazette and a Dispatch in Current Biology. [pdf]

Victor's paper on our Assembled Searchable Giant Arthropod Read Database (ASGARD) is accepted for publication in Database. If you are interested in sequence data from emerging model arthropods, then ASGARD could help you with your research! [pdf]

September 2012

Andre's paper on the developmental basis of convergent evolution of Drosophila ovariole number is accepted for publication in Developmental Biology. [pdf]

August 2012

Our collaborative paper with Prashant Sharma of the Giribet lab on leg gap genes in harvestmen and the evolution of the chelicera is accepted for publication in Evolution and Development. [pdf]

July 2012

Congratulations to Abha Ahuja, who has been awarded a Post-Doctoral Curriculum Fellowship in the  inter-departmental graduate program in Developmental and Regenerative Biology (DRB) at the Harvard Medical School.

June 2012

Farewell to Victor Zeng, who has left the lab to start his own company, Stylux Incorporated! Find out more about Victor's experience and bioinformatic analysis services by visiting his web page.

May 2012

Welcome to Mimi Velazquez, the laboratory's new administrator.

Our collaborative paper with Prashant Sharma of the Giribet lab on Hox genes in harvestmen is accepted for publication in Evolution and Development. [pdf]

March 2012

Congratulations to Seth Donoughe for receiving a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

The Harvard Crimson features an article about field trips in OEB, including the Panama Field Trip for Cassandra's undergraduate course, OEB51: Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals.

Evelyn Schwager co-authors a paper on Hox genes in spider development, now available from PNAS. [pdf]

February 2012

Congratulations to Yue Meng for receiving a fellowship from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP).

December 2011

Didem's paper on Drosophila ovariole number determination is accepted for publication in Developmental Biology. [pdf]

Nat's paper on climate change and lizard reproduction is accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

November 2011

Victor's paper on theParhyale transcriptome is accepted for publication in BMC Genomics. [pdf]

September 2011

Our paper on Gryllus segmentation is accepted for publication in Development. [pdf]

Welcome to Tamsin Jones and Seth Donoughe, new graduate students in the OEB Graduate Progam.

Welcome to Nat Clarke, an undergrad who comes to us from Kate Jackson's lab at Whitman College.

July 2011

Frederike Alwes' paper on Parhyale cell lineage is accepted for publication in Developmental Biology. [pdf]

June 2011

Welcome to Aisha Dorta, who comes to our lab through the MCO Undergraduate Summer Internship Program.

March 2011

Congratulations to Didem Sarikaya for being awarded both an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship and an FRSQ Doctoral Training Fellowship.

February 2011

Didem Sarikaya and André Green's paper on counting in oogenesis is accepted for publication in Cell and Tissue Research. [pdf]

January 2011

Ben Ewen-Campen's paper on the de novo transcriptome of Oncopeltus fasciatus is accepted for publication in BMC Genomics. [pdf]

December 2010

Congratulations to Frederike Alwes for being awarded an EMBO Short Term Fellowship to visit the lab of Michalis Averof at the IMBB in Crete, Greece.

 Cassandra is interviewed for a Nerd Corner podcast of the Carin Bondar biology blog.

October 2010

Welcome to Research Associate Tripti Gupta.

September 2010

Welcome to Research Assistant Victor Zeng.

Didem Sarikaya's paper on the role of Notch in the trophoblast is accepted for publication in Cell Biology International. [pdf]

The new Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) NSF Research Coordination Network has been launched, with the administrative assistance of Barbara Perlo.

June 2010

Cassandra receives a New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation.

July 2010

Congratulations to Evelyn Schwager for receiving a German Research Foundation (DFG) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Our chapter (John Srouji and Cassandra Extavour) on the evolution of germ plasm assembly in the book Key Transitions in Animal Evolution is now in press with Science Publishers.

June 2010

Congratulations to Ana Nast Roda for receiving a fellowship from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP), and to Trieu Ton for both a HCRP fellowship and a MCZ Grant-in-Aid of Undergraduate Research.

Welcome to our summer students Ana Roda, Trieu Ton and Gabi Walters.

April 2010

Congratulations to André Green and John Srouji, who have both received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Cassandra Extavour is nominated for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for her teaching in OEB51.

December 2009

John Srouji co-authors a paper on the evolution of venom proteins, now available from Current Biology. [pdf]

November 2009

Cassandra Extavour's Episode of Casey Dunn's "CreatureCast " is featured on the November 6 episode of NPR's Science Friday.

Congratulations to Franz Kainz for successfully defending his PhD thesis at Cambridge University.

Frederike Alwes co-authors a paper on shrimp embryogenesis, now available from Arthropod Structure and Development. [pdf]

September 2009

Welcome to Didem Sarikaya, a graduate student in the OEB Graduate Program.

Our paper (Ben Ewen-Campen, Evelyn Schwager and Cassandra Extavour) on the molecular machinery behind germ cell specification is now available from Molecular Reproduction and Development. [pdf]

August 2009

Evelyn Schwager's paper on the role of hunchback in spider development is available from Current Biology. A Supplementary Movie from this paper is the featured video for the issue of August 25.[pdf]

July 2009

Welcome to André Green, a graduate student in the MCO Graduate Training Program.

June 2009

Cassandra Extavour's mini-review on the evolution of meiosis genes is available from Current Biology. [pdf]

Frederike Alwes co-authors a paper on Remipede development, now available from Development, Genes and Evolution. [pdf]

Welcome to Omar Delannoy-Bruno, an undergraduate student from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

May 2009

Welcome to John Srouji, a graduate student in the MCO Graduate Training Program. John is initiating our collaboration with the lab of Andrés Leschziner.

A temporary farewell to Trieu Ton, who will be studying in China for the rest of 2009, but will be back in 2010.

April 2009

Congratulations to Ben Ewen-Campen for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Cassandra Extavour's teaching is praised by students in the Harvard Crimson Fifteen Minutes Magazine. Read about it here.

Evelyn Schwager co-authors a review on posterior patterning in spider development, now available from Communicative and Integrative Biology. [pdf]

February 2009

Evelyn Schwager co-authors a paper on anterior patterning in spider development, now available from Current Biology. [pdf]

January 2009

Welcome to postdoc Evelyn Schwager, who joined the lab after competing her PhD thesis with Wim Damen.

Frederike co-authors a book chapter on developmental genetics in decapod evolution in the Crustacean Issues series book Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics. [pdf]

September 2008

Welcome to Ben Ewen-Campen, a graduate student in the OEB Graduate Training Program.

Welcome to postdoc Frederike Alwes, who has joined the lab after completing her PhD thesis with Gerhard Scholtz.

July 2008

A paper on emerging model organisms by a consortium of evo-devo-eco researchers, including Cassandra Extavour as a co-author, is now available from Trends in Genetics. [pdf]

Cassandra Extavour is interviewed on lab management for junior PIs by The Scientist. Read about it here.

June 2008

Welcome to Alessandro König and Elisabeth Maritschnegg, undergraduate students from the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, and to Trieu Ton, a Harvard College sophomore.

Congratulations to Trieu Ton for receiving a fellowship from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP).

Welcome to Abel Assefa, who joins the lab as a research assistant after obtaining his BSc in physics from Grinnell College.

February 2008

Cassandra Extavour is interviewed on hiring challenges and techniques for junior PIs by Nature. [pdf]

Welcome to masters student Friedemann Linsler, who is a student at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany.

Welcome to Chiamaka Nwakeze, a Harvard College sophomore.

January 2008

The Wessel lab, including Cassandra Extavour as a co-author, publishes a paper on vasa expression in sea urchin embryos, now available from Developmental Biology. [pdf]

Cassandra Extavour's book chapter on the evolution of germ plasm specification mechanisms in the book Evolving Pathways: Key Themes in Evolutionary Developmental Biology is now available from with Cambridge University Press. [pdf]

Welcome to Katherine O'Leary, a Harvard College freshman.

July 2007

Welcome to Vasanth Chandrasekhar, a high school student from Xaverian Brothers High School.

The Extavour lab is open for business!