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Tamsin Jones

Graduate Student

I completed my undergraduate degree majoring in Genetics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. While studying genetics I became really interested in developmental biology and the genetic control of embryogenesis. During the final year of my degree I conducted a research project on the roles of the Bone Morphogenetic Pathway in Xenopus limb development, in the laboratory of Caroline Beck.

After graduation I continued my Xenopus limb development project as a research assistant, and then moved to Peter Dearden's Evolution and Development lab, working on a variety of projects with Drosophila, honeybees, aphids and Daphnia. I joined the Extavour lab in September 2011. My broad interests are in studying how genes control embryonic development, and how evolution has shaped this genetic control in different groups of animals.

Outside of doing science, I play drums and piano, and also sing in a couple of student choirs. I sometimes combine my love of science and music by singing at the lab bench, hopefully not bugging too many fellow lab members!

I am a graduate student in the OEB program, and hold a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship.


Armisen, D., Baa Puyoule, P. B., Benoit, J., Chang, C.-C., Chen, Y.-T., Christopher, C., Colella, S., Cridge, A., Dearden, P., Duncan, E., Erezyilmaz, D., Extavour, C.G., Friedrich, M., Jentzsch, I.V., Jones, J., Jones, T.E.M., Khila, A., Lu, Y., Moore, P., Palli, S.R., Pick, L., Poelchau, M., Rivera Pomar, R., Roth, S., Sachs, L., Seeger, M., Shukla, J., Suzuki, Y., van der Zee, M., Vreede, B., Richards, S., Chipman, A. and Panfilio, K. Molecuar evolutionary trends and feeding ecology diversification in the Hemiptera, anchored by the milkweed bug genome. Genome Biology (in press) (2019)

Blondel, L., Jones, T.E.M., and Extavour, C.G.* Bacterial contribution to genesis of the novel germ line determinant oskar. bioRxiv 453514 (2018)

Chipman, A.D., Ferrier, D.E.K and the Strigamia maritima sequencing and annotation consortium (105 authors, including C. G. Extavour (#26) and T.E. Jones (#49)). The first myriapod genome sequence reveals conservative arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima. PLoS Biology 12(11): e1002005 (2014)*Read more in PLoS Biology, NBC News, Tech Times, International Business Times, Astrobiology Magazine, Sci-News, Genome Web, UK Daily Mail, Nature World News, and Reuters

Ewen-Campen, B.*, Jones, T.E.*, and Extavour, C.G. Evidence against a germ plasm in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus, a hemimetabolous insect. Biology Open (Company of Biologists) 2(6):556-568 (2013)  (* equal author contribution)

Jones, T.E., Day, R.C. and Beck, C.W. Attenuatiuon of bone morphogenetic protein signaling during amphibian limb development results in the generation of stage-specific defects. Journal of Anatomy 223(5): 474-488 (2013)