Brandon S. Gaut

Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 1992, Genetics

Phone: (949) 824-2564
Fax: (949) 824-2181

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 92697

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population genetics, molecular evolution, genome evolution
URL The Gaut Lab
2015 Past-President, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
2014 President, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
2013 President-Elect, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
2008 Professor of the Year, U.C. Irvine
2008 Elected AAAS Fellow
2002 Outstanding Professor, U.C. Irvine (voted by the Senior Class)
2002 Biological Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
1995-1997 Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Fellowship
1992-1995 NIH postdoctoral fellow
Research in my laboratory focuses on evolutionary genetics of plant systems, with particular emphasis on molecular evolution, population genetics, comparative genomics and epigenomics. We also have ongoing investigations into the genetic mechanism underlying the adaptation of E. coli to thermal stress.
Publications Roessler, K, S Takuno and BS Gaut. 2016. CG methylation covaries with differential gene expression between leaf and floral bud tissues of Brachypodium distachyon, Plos One, 11(3):e0150002
  Takuno, S., J-H Ran and BS Gaut. 2016. Evolutionary patterns of genic DNA methylation vary across Land Plants. Nature Plants doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.222.
  Bousios, A, CM Diez, S Takuno, V Bystry, N Darzentas and BS Gaut. 2016. Palindromic structures in maize Sirevirus LTRs are central to the interplay between transposable element evolution and the host epigenetic response. Genome Research 26(2):226-37.
  Rodriguez-Verdugo, A, O Tenaillon and BS Gaut. 2016. First-step Mutations during Adaptation to Thermal Stress Shift the Expression of Thousands of Genes Back toward the Pre-stressed State. Mol. Biol. Evol. 33(1):25-39.
  Diez, CM, I Trujillo, N Martinez-Urdiroz, D Barranco, L Rallo, P Marfil, BS Gaut. 2015. Olive domestication and diversification in the Meditteranean Basin. New Phytologist, 206:436-447.
  Gaut, B.S. 2015. Evolution is an Experiment: Assessing Parallelism in Crop Domestication and Experimental Evolution. Mol. Biol. Evol., 32(7):1661-71.
  Hug, SM and BS Gaut. 2015. The phenotypic signature of adaptation to thermal stress in Escherichia coli. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15:177.
  Gaut, BS, CM Diez and PL Morrell. 2015. Genomics and the contrasting dynamics of annual and perennial domestication. Trends in Genetics, 31(12):709-19.

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