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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.
Personal website

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

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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

Joining the Lab

Undergrads / Grads / PostDocs

Undergraduates excited about research and who have experience in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, or computational biology are encouraged to apply for a position in our lab. A minimum commitment of 10 hours per week during academic terms (for course credit) and full-time during summers (for pay), is expected. It is also expected that undergraduates will be willing to apply to the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (for their summer stipends) and to complete their honors thesis in our lab. Candidates interested in joining our lab should email Antonis with a brief statement that explicitly states why they want to join our lab, CV and the contact details of two course instructors / evaluators.


Candidate graduates interested in conducting their work in our lab are encouraged to apply either to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) or to the Biological Sciences Program (BSP). Students in the IGP rotate through 4 different labs in the first year, thus gaining a diversity of research experiences and evaluating the goodness-of-fit of several different labs. Students in the BSP rotate through 3 different labs but typically commit to joining a particular lab upon acceptance to the program. Candidates interested in joining our lab through either of these programs should email Antonis with a cover letter that explicitly states why they want to join our lab, statement of research interests, CV and the contact details of three evaluators.


Talented and motivated postdoctoral candidates with relevant experience in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, computational biology, genomics, bioinformatics and related fields interested in joining our lab should email Antonis with a cover letter that explicitly states why they want to join our lab, statement of research interests, pdf reprints of published papers, CV and the contact details of three evaluators. A track record of high-quality publications, excellent communication skills, enthusiasm for basic research, and a collaborative approach to science is expected.