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.
Matts’ research aims to uncover the molecular basis underlying pigment pattern formation in mammals. He completed his PhD at the University of Rochester where he worked on elucidating the mechanism by which lipid droplets regulate histone levels during early embryogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster. He joined the Mallarino Lab in 2018 as a post-doctoral researcher. Currently, Matt is studying the formation of pigment patterns in the African striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) as a model for understanding how positional information is regulated in tissues. Using a variety of genomic and molecular approaches, he will investigate how stripe patterning is both established and implemented during embryogenesis
Yafei is a PhD candidate at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University where he is working on elucidating the roles of hybridization and climate change in the evolutionary history of Acropora corals. He joined the Mallarino Lab in 2018 as a visiting student. Currently, Yafei is using comparative genomic and developmental approaches to understand the cis-regulatory architecture of stripe patterns in various rodents.