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 2016
Back row: Xiaofan / Zack / Sean / Antonis / Kris
Middle row: Matt / Michelle / Mara / Juan / Haley / Julie
Front row: Kitae / Xing-Xing / Yuyu / Abigail / Jen / Maddison
Not present: Sam, Alex, and Rebecca

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



Matt Mead Abigail Lind
PostDoctoral Fellow Graduate Student
B.Sc., Iowa State Univ. B.Sc., Univ. North Carolina
Ph.D., Univ. Wisconsin-Madison



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



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



Michelle Moon Jacob Steenwyk
Graduate Student (jointly with Abbot lab) Graduate Student
B.Sc., Seoul National Univ. B.Sc., Clark Univ.
  M.Sc., Clark Univ.



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



Samuel Smith Alex Borowsky
Undergraduate Researcher Undergraduate Researcher



Kitae Kim Maddison Johnson
Bioinformatic Systems Engineer I Undergraduate Researcher
B.Sc., Univ. California-Berkeley  



Zackery Ely Your name here?
Undergraduate Researcher