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Brian Darby

University of North Dakota
10 Cornell St. Stop 9019
Grand Forks, ND 58202


Taxa Studied: Prokaryotes, Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, Epifluoresence Microscopy
Research Description: Soils are filled with an incredible diversity of life; many of the animals are too small to be seen with the naked eye but are still important for ecosystem functioning. Recent technological advances in molecular biology allow us to also study the genomics of soil organisms, such as nematodes, tardigrades, rotifers, and protozoans, in a way that wasn't previously possible. Our research seeks to understand the ecology of these soil organisms, what genes and genome components are important for their belowground life, and how they influence soil and ecosystem processes. Research projects are at the intersection of ecology and genomics and include field, laboratory, microscopy, molecular, genomic, and computational approaches.
Lab Web Page: http://und.edu/faculty/darby-brian/index.cfm
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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