Rockman Lab @ NYU

We are part of the Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at New York University.

Our work is supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the Human Frontier Scientific Program, the National Science Foundation, the Zegar Family Foundation, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, and NYU's University Research Challenge Fund and Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund.

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C. elegans
Lab News

March 14, 2015
Congratulations to Max Bernstein on his award from the American Genetics Association to attend their annual meeting in Bainbridge Island, Washington!

February 20, 2015
Congratulations to Alex Kay on his receipt of the Biology Master's Research Grant from NYU Biology!

October 8, 2014
New paper! Our genetic analysis of heritable developmental variation is now available at the International Journal of Developmental Biology. Read all about maternal- and zygotic-effect genetic variation in development in Streblospio benedicti.

October 2, 2014
Congratulations to Vicky Cattani on her Revson Foundation Fellowship in Biomedical Science!

August 8, 2014
Empirical claims require evidence. We and 143 other population geneticists concur on this point in a letter to the New York Times. Read more in Science and Nature.

August 7, 2014
Congratulations to Christina Zakas on her NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship!

July 1, 2014
Welcome to Patrick Ammerman, the lab's new research technician.

May 29, 2014
The NYU University Research Challenge Fund has awarded us a grant to study Streblospio oocyte transcriptomes. Congratulations to co-PI Christina Zakas!

May 21, 2014
Congratulations to Christina Dai on her graduation, and good luck to Jia Shen as she head off to the PhD program at Stony Brook!

April 29, 2014
Congratulations to John Yuen on his Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Grant!

April 24, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Taniya Kaur, PhD, on her successful thesis defense!

April 2, 2014
The National Science Foundation has awarded the lab a 5-year CAREER grant to support our work on Streblospio benedicti genetics and invertebrate zoology education! Streblospio will play a starring role in our brand new Evolutionary Zoology course (BIOL-UA700), offered this fall at NYU.

March 10, 2014
New paper! Our review of cryptic genetic variation and its role in evolution is now available at Nature Reviews Genetics.

January 6, 2014
New paper! Our paper, with Elizabeth Glater and Cori Bargmann, using NILs to characterize genetic variation for olfactory preference in C. elegans, is now out at G3.

October 31, 2013
New paper! Taniya Kaur's experimental analysis of crossover distribution in C. elegans is now posted at Genetics. These animals have spatial heterogeneity in crossover distribution but lack mammalian-type hotspots.

July, 2012 to October 2013
Lots of exciting things that I did not post here.

July 1, 2012
Congratulations to Annalise Paaby on her Revson Foundation Fellowship in Biomedical Science!

June 12, 2012
New paper: our first contribution to the genetics of Streblospio benedicti, a polychaete with abundant heritable variation in development, is now out. Read the full text or the PDF.

June, 2012
Summertime: Welcome to Andres Mansisidor and Will Rosenblum, and welcome back to Nora Kostow and Matt Phillips.

March 29, 2012
Congratulations to Taniya Kaur on her NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!

March 13, 2012
Our suspicions are confirmed: Mimi Yen is the smartest 17-year old in New York, a brainiac, and the winner of $50,000 as the 3rd Place winner in the nationwide Intel Science Talent Search. Read all about it in the Times. "We should all aspire to Mimi's commitment to education and dedication to her community," says NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Congratulations Mimi!

March 1, 2012
Welcome to Vicky Cattani, PhD, the lab's newest postdoc!

January 26, 2012
Mimi Yen is a a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search! In March she'll head to Washington DC for the final round of the competition and the black-tie gala.

December 8, 2011
Congratulations to Annalise Paaby on her DeLill Nasser Career Development Award from the Genetics Society of America!

November 21, 2011
New paper! An account of the newly discovered diversity of Caenorhabditis, by Karin Kiontke and Marie-Anne Felix and colleagues, is available as a preprint at BMC Evolutionary Biology. The paper includes information about our discoveries, C. sp. 8 (C. jerseycitiensis) and C. sp. 15 (C. hawaiianvacationi). These are not official names.

October 27, 2011
Buy this book. Molecular Methods for Evolutionary Genetics, a 28-chapter book of protocols edited by Virginie Orgogozo and Matthew Rockman, is now available at fine bookstores everywhere.

October 13, 2011
New paper! Evolution has posted a preprint of "The QTN Program and the alleles that matter for evolution," a perspective on the state of evolutionary genetics. Email me for a PDF if you hit the paywall.

September 1, 2011
New species! Annalise Paaby discovered a new species of Caenorhabditis, this one in a slug-occupied chunk of orange collected on State Street, downtown Santa Barbara, California. C. sp. 24 (QG555) is a member of the spiral-mating species 8 group. ABC: Always Be Collecting.

July 31, 2011
New paper! Hannah Seidel's discovery and characterization of peel-1, a sperm-delivered cellular toxin maintained in C. elegans populations by balancing selection, is now out in PLoS Biology.

July 25, 2011
New species! Taniya Kaur, working with a portable microscope in a dorm room in Okinawa, discovered a new species of Caenorhabditis. C. sp. 22 (QG548, QG549, and QG551) falls within the Elegans group.

April 29, 2011
New paper! The discovery of cis-regulatory variation at tyra-3 as the cause of behavioral variation in C. elegans, by Andres Bendesky and Cori Bargmann and colleagues, is now out in Nature.

February 18, 2011
Congratulations to Audrey Chang on her 3-year Kirschstein-NRSA fellowship from the National Institutes of Health!

January 10, 2011
We've moved into the brand new Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at 12 Waverly Place. See the contact page for details.

December 1, 2010
Congratulations to Dan McNelis on his Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Grant!

November 7, 2010
Dreams do come true! Jersey City's Taqueria Downtown is opening a branch near the lab! [Update: Taqueria Lower East Side opened May 2011 on Orchard St. just below Houston.]

October 15, 2010
New paper! Our analysis of the evolutionary causes of heritable transcript abundance variation is now out in Science.

July 13, 2010
Crowded is how we like it: Undergraduates Nora Kostow and Daniel Cohen and Stuyvesant High School students Mimi Yen and Rebecca Kim have increased the lab's worm-picking and pipetting rates to new highs.

July 6, 2010
The lab welcomes its newest member, David Riccardi.

April 19, 2010
Taniya Kaur wins a Sigma Xi grant!

April 16, 2010
Kurt Ko wins a poster prize at the Undergraduate Research Conference!

April 15, 2010
Max Kramer has accepted an offer of admissions from the PhD program of the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

March 30, 2010
The lab has been awarded a Human Frontier Scientific Program Grant for collaborative research with Henrique Teotonio (Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal) and Boris Shraiman (Kavli Institute, Santa Barbara).

March 30, 2010
The lab welcomes its newest member, Jasmine Nicodemus.