Active Research in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

DNA Methylation and Adaptive Potential
Using the Pacific oyster as a model system, this research investigates the theory that the DNA methylation system provides a mechanism for increased adaptive potential in invertebrate species subjected to highly dynamic environmental conditions. A combination of high-throughput sequencing and microarray approaches are used to investigate genome-wide methylation patterns and assess how these patterns influence gene expression in an ecologically and economically important marine invertebrate.  Read the entire NSF Proposal


Epigenomics and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds
There is little known regarding the physiological impact and mode of action of EDCs in benthic macroinvertebrates. This research aims to characterize alternative modes of action of endocrine disrupting compounds by utilizing molecular tools to examine epigenetic and physiological changes in Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) exposed to EDCs in the laboratory.  


Recent Posts : Pacific

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Recent Presentations

Evidence for lineage-specific DNA methylation patterns in the Pacific oyster. Claire Olson. http://www.slideshare.net/chellis6/olsonpcsga2014

Does DNA methylation facilitate phenotypic plasticity in marine invertebrates?. Steven Roberts. http://www.slideshare.net/sr320/does-dna-methylation-facilitate-phenotypic-plasticity-in-marine-invertebrates

DNA methylation as a source of epigenetic regulation in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas). Mackenzie Gavery. dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.640501

DNA Methylation Patterns in Crassostrea gigas. Claire Olson. dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.478021

PAG XXI, 2013 - DNA methylation as a source of epigenetic regulation in the Pacific oysters. Mackenzie Gavery. dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.695956