Joseph Coolon

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Joseph Coolon

Assistant Research Scientist

Office Location(s): 1061 Kraus Natural Science Building
Phone: 734.647.5483
Fax: 734.763.0544
Wittkopp Lab
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  • Fields of Study
    • Evolutionary genetics and genomics, ecological genomics
  • About


    Patricia Wittkopp

    Research Interests

    I am broadly interested in understanding the genetic mechanisms that underlie organismal responses to their environment, with specific interest in responses to global environmental change phenomena. In my research I have used an interdisciplinary approach to ask questions that lie at the interface of multiple disciplines and span multiple levels of biological organization, from genes to communities. I have considerable interest in how different genotypes interact with the environment in different ways and the connection between genotypes and phenotypes. Gene expression is a critical intermediate in these processes and my current project focuses on regulatory variation and evolution. In particular, I am investigating how cis- and trans-regulatory changes contribute to divergent gene expression in Drosophila species.

    Academic Background

    Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2008

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Evolutionary genetics and genomics, ecological genomics