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Molly K. Burke

Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology

Molly K. Burke

Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology

Background

Biography

   • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California - Irvine, 2010.
   • M.S.
   • B.S., Biology, University of California - Los Angeles, 2004.

Research

My group is generally interested in fundamental questions in genetics and evolution, which we test using controlled laboratory experiments. How do populations adapt to long-term environmental stresses? How does evolution shape complex traits, such as aging and fertility? Can we predict the course of future evolution? To address these and other questions, we primarily use the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). Current projects in the lab integrate approaches in molecular biology, microbiology, and genomics. Please visit my lab's website for details.

Teaching

Courses Taught

   • Bi311 – Genetics
   • Bi454 / Ib554 – Evolutionary Genomics
   • Bi445H – Evolution (Honors)