Olson Lab research featured at Nature Ecology and Evolution

Research in the Olson Lab was featured by Nature Research Ecology & Evolution. Brad’s seminar at Volvox 2019 discussed recent genomic advances in the volvocine algae. Berenice’s was given an award for her seminar on the genes important for the transition to undifferentiated multicellularity.

Berenice presents her research at Volvox 2019 in Tokyo, Japan

Berenice Jimenez, a PhD student in the Olson Lab, presented her research on the evolution of cell adhesion at Volvox 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Berenice earned travel awards from the KSU Graduate Student Council, the Kato Memorial Bioscience Foundation and the University of Tokyo Foundation. Congrats to Berenice on international recognition of her work!

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Congrats to Kendall Olde

Kendal Olde, a summer undergraduate intern with the SUROP and KINBRE programs earned 2nd place for her seminar at KINBRE 2019. Congrats on a successful seminar! Kendall visited the Olson Lab from Langston University during the summer of 2018 and helped post-doc Jessica Rakijas with her research. Job well done Kendall!

Data Science for Biologists

The “-omics” revolution has revolutionized biology, yet our ability to analyze the deluge of data generated by these approaches. In 2019, I will be teaching a new Data Science course aimed at biologists that are dealing with these enormous data sets. We will be focusing on applying machine learning techniques to biological data sets. We will be focusing on skills for effective software development, coding scientifically, and learning how to leverage machine learning tools such as TensorFlow to analyze biological datasets.