After 5 years of orchestrating my lab's first whole genome sequencing project we finally have published our initial analysis of the first genome sequence for the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). This work was only possible with the help of Jim Denvir and the team at the Marshall University Genomics Core Facility, Terri Roth at the Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, and our collaborators in Taiwan including Chih-Ming Hung at the Biodiversity Research Center at Academia Sinica and Pei-Jen Shaner at National Taiwan Normal University. This work appears in the January 8 edition of the journal Current Biology and was featured on the BBC News, Nature PBS, Huffington Post, Sci-News, Science Daily, Mongabay.com, and local papers including The Fayette Tribune, Williamson Daily News, and the Herald Dispatch.Read More
Kramer Kaplan has successfully completed his exam for the Masters of Arts (MA) degree in the Department of Biological Sciences. Kramer helped with mitochondrial DNA sequencing in Potamotrygon stingrays and found a love of teaching while at Marshall. He plans to look for a job at a museum, zoo, or aquarium in education and outreach. Good luck Kramer!
After 7 productive years at the Cincinnati Museum Center Molecular Ecology and Systematics Laboratory the Mays lab has moved to Marshall University. Stay tuned for updates on the newly emergent lab!