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Katie Peichel

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave North
Mailstop D4-100
Seattle, WA 98109-1024


Taxa Studied: Vertebrate Animals, Sticklebacks
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, QTL Mapping, SNP Mapping, In Situ Hybridization, Sectioning for Histology, Epifluoresence Microscopy, Transgenesis, Other, Cytogenetics
Research Description: My laboratory is interested in identifying the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes. Our model system is a small fish called the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). These fish have evolved incredible diversity in their behaviors, morphologies and life histories in a relatively short evolutionary time scale. Recently, a number of genetic and genomic resources have been developed for threespine sticklebacks; these have provided the means to investigate the actual genetic and molecular changes that underlie phenotypic diversity. Current research in the Peichel Lab is aimed toward understanding the genetic basis for reproductive isolation between threespine stickleback populations, the evolution of morphological, behavioral, and life history traits in sticklebacks, and the evolution of sex chromosomes in sticklebacks.
Lab Web Page: http://labs.fhcrc.org/peichel/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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