department/unit name here Darin R. Rokyta, PhD
Assistant Professor
Lab: 4070 King Life Sciences
Office: 4058 King Life Sciences
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phone number Lab: (850) 645-8817
phone number Office: (850) 645-8812

Darin R. Rokyta

Darin received his B.S. in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his Ph.D. in bioinformatics and computational biology from the University of Idaho in 2006. His interests include the genetics of adaptation, population genetics, and molecular evolution. Contact Darin.

S. Brian Caudle

Brian received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Idaho in 2004 and started graduate school at Florida State in January 2010. Brian's interests include the genetics of adaptation, biophysical adaptation, and the pleiotropic effects of beneficial mutations. Brian is currently investigating these interests through viral experimental evolution to determine the interplay between capsid thermal stability and viral assembly rates. Contact Brian.

Victoria M. Pearson

Victoria is a graduate student in the lab. She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2009. She is currently studying viral population genetics in local wastewater treatment plants by means of culture-independent high-throughput sequencing. She is investigating the structure of genetic diversity for viruses with ssDNA genomes, particularly those in the Microviridae family. Contact Victoria.

Andrew M. Sackman

Andrew is a graduate student in the lab. He received his B.S. in biology from Washington and Lee University in 2010. He is currently studying gene interactions and compensatory evolution in phages. Contact Andrew.

Mark Margres

Mark is a graduate student in the lab. He received his B.A. in biology from Bethany College in 2011. Mark is studying in snake venom evolution, particularly the interaction between gene flow and selection and whether this results in local adaptation. Contact Mark.

Anneliese Morrison

Anneliese is a junior biochemistry major and is the lab's undergraduate research assistant. She is studying mutations that confer resistance to low pH for microvirid bacteriophages and how such mutations affect viral growth rates. Contact Anneliese.

Jeremy Anisman

Jeremy is a junior biological sciences major. He is working on isolation of new microvirid bacteriophages capable of infecting Escherchia coli. Contact Jeremy.

Jessica Pierce

Jessica is a sophomore biochemistry major. She is studying biophysical adaptation in microvirid bacteriophages. Contact Jessica.