Lab Members

WHO WE ARE

PI

Hugo F. Gante is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Indiana State University. Hugo received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and his PhD in Biology from Arizona State University. He is interested in the mechanisms responsible for speciation and adaptation to the environment, understanding how the genotype is translated to a phenotype, and doing something about species conservation.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Niladri Mondal is interested in understanding mechanisms governing biological diversification, including genome evolution and the origin of morphological novelties. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Midnapore College and a Master’s in Zoology from Vidyasagar University (India). His PhD research uses bony fishes as models to look at different aspects of body size evolution.

Peyton Blount is interested in genetics, physiology and cell biology. She received her BS in molecular/cellular biology from the University of North Florida. Her PhD research is primarily focused on generating fish reporter lines through Tol2-mediated transgenesis and CRISPR-Cas9 knock-outs, which will be used to study color patterning and cardiogenesis. She is also affiliated with the Schwab Lab at ISU.

Ingrid Bunholi is a marine scientist interested in molecular genetics to understand evolutionary mechanisms and population genomics of fishes (with a focus on elasmobranchs). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from the Federal University of São Paulo and a Master’s in Biology from São Paulo State University (Brazil). Her PhD research [expected to start in Spring 2021] will look at drivers of diversification in cartilaginous fishes.

MEMBERS at the UNIVERSITY OF LISBON

PostDoc

Manuel Curto is a postdoctoral researcher at the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE-University of Lisbon, Portugal) working in the ongoing grant ENVMETAGENOMICS. He received both his undergraduate degree in Biology and his PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution from the University of Porto (Portugal). Manuel is interested in the development of tools to analyze biological diversity using genetic data. With these he hopes to answer fundamental questions in both evolution and conservation biology focusing mostly on the evolutionary role of hybridization.

FORMER LAB MEMBERS at INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

GRADUATE STUDENTS
Neha Swarup (2018-2019) – Graduate Assistant at the TCGA – The Center for Genomic Advocacy and a Master’s student in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences (co-supervised with Jeff Kinne).
Zheyun Feng (2018-2019) – Graduate Assistant at the TCGA – The Center for Genomic Advocacy and a Master’s student in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences (co-supervised with Jeff Kinne).

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Benjamin Prindle (2018-2020) – BSc Biology
Daniel Licari (2019) – BSc Biology

FORMER LAB MEMBERS at the UNIVERSITY OF LISBON

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Giulia Riccioni (2019) – currently at Fondazione Edmund Mach – Istituto Agrario San Michele All’Adige, Italy

Neolamprologus sp. cygnus (juvenile) is a species endemic to southern Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania.

    Last updated: January 5th, 2021

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