The PI

Antonis Rokas
Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences
B.Sc., Univ. Crete
Ph.D., Edinburgh Univ.
PostDoc, Univ. Wisconsin
Curriculum Vitae
Welcome to our website! Our lab's interests are quite diverse and largely center around two major areas of comparative biology; understanding the evolutionary relationships among living organisms, and elucidating the molecular origins and evolution of genetic pathways and morphological traits. We are working with a variety of different eukaryotes, such as fungi, mammals, and insects.

Lab Alumni

Our Research Team

The Rokas Lab, Summer 2014
Back row: Antonis / Mara / David / Kris / Tristan / Xiaofan
Front row: Juan / Abigail / Jen / Haley / George / Brian
Not present: Leonidas and Sean

Jennifer Wisecaver Kris McGary
PostDoctoral Fellow PostDoctoral Fellow
B.Sc., Humboldt State Univ. B.Sc., Bryan College
Ph.D., Arizona Univ. Ph.D., Univ. Texas-Austin
Personal website



Xiaofan Zhou Abigail Lind
PostDoctoral Fellow (jointly with Zwiebel lab) Graduate Student
B.Sc., Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. B.Sc., Univ. North Carolina
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State Univ.



Juan Ortiz Julie Phillips
Graduate Student PostDoctoral Fellow
B.Sc., Univ. Nacional de Colombia B.Sc., Middle Tenn. State Univ.
M.Sc., Univ. Wyoming M.Sc., Middle Tenn. State Univ.
Ph.D., Univ. California-Merced



Yuyu Wang David Rinker
Visiting Graduate Student Graduate Student(jointly with Zwiebel lab)
B.A., China Agricultural Univ. B.A., William & Mary College



Mara Kim Haley Eidem
Graduate Student Graduate Student
B.Sc., Vanderbilt Univ. B.A., St. Olaf College
Personal website



Michelle Moon Sean King
Graduate Student (jointly with Abbot lab) Undergraduate Researcher
B.Sc., Seoul National Univ.  



Xing-Xing Shen Rebecca Burke-Aguero
PostDoctoral Fellow Undergraduate Researcher
B.Sc., Hainan Univ.  
Ph.D., Sun Yat-sen Univ.  



Samuel Smith Sashank Nutakki
Undergraduate Researcher Undergraduate Researcher



Alex Borowsky Your name here?
Undergraduate Researcher