Welcome to the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (the Zhao Lab) at the Rockefeller University.

The Zhao Lab is a research laboratory at The Rockefeller University. We use cutting-edge experimental and theoretical tools to study the basis and impacts of novel genotypes and phenotypes. Our lab is located on the second floor of the Kravis Research Building, which is a newly built building on top of the FDR.

Research in the Zhao Lab focuses on the mechanisms that contribute to the diversity of species and the molecular changes underlying phenotypic divergence and adaptation. We are interested in a number of questions, including but not limited to:

1) How do newly evolved genes originate, spread, and contribute to adaptive evolution?

2) How do gene expression differences affect other downstream phenotypes?

3) What is the genetic basis of local adaptation in natural populations?

About Rockefeller University ( from here)

Centered on cutting-edge laboratories working in a broad range of fields, The Rockefeller University fosters a collaborative research environment for its faculty and provides an innovative educational experience for its select group of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. To help reduce artificial barriers and provide its investigators with the greatest degree of freedom, Rockefeller does not have academic departments. As a result, the university is not constrained to perform research in any particular field and can recruit the most accomplished and gifted investigators across a wide spectrum of disciplines in the sciences.

Front page photo credit (Fruit fly): Jean-Pierre Vazquez, downloaded from Flickr
Front page photo credit (White-eye D. melanogaster): Alex Wild, purchased from alexanderwild.com