Kevin R. Thornton

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Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003, Genetics
B.S., University of Puget Sound, 1997, Biology

Phone: 824-0614

University of California, Irvine
407 Steinhaus Hall
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Genome evolution, gene duplication, population genetics, adaptation
Academic Distinctions
Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship (Computational Molecular Biology)
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University
Research Abstract
My lab studies the molecular basis of adaptation in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Currently, the main project in the lab is the study of "copy-number variation" in the genus Drosophila. We are currently using Illumina sequencing to sequence population samples of D. yakuba, D. simulans, and D. mauritiana to identify polymorphic gene duplications, large insertions and deletions, and transposable element insertions.
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