Charles' research seeks to describe the molecular regulation of vertebrate morphogenesis, and how this process is shaped by natural selection. He completed my PhD at The University of Melbourne in Australia. During his project, he sequenced the genome of the extinct Tasmanian tiger and used comparative genomics study the genetic basis of its exquisite convergence with eutherian canids. In 2018 he joined the Mallarino lab at Princeton as a postdoctoral researcher. Currently, he is studying gliding membrane (patagium) formation in the marsupial sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps). The repeated, independent derivation of patagia among marsupials and the external development of sugar glider offspring make this a uniquely powerful model system for studying the evolution and development of novel adaptive traits. Charles will make use of diverse computational and molecular methods to characterize patagium development and identify loci that contribute to to its specification and growth.