vonHoldt Lab

Evolutionary Genomics and Ecological Epigenomics

Lab and related news!


Graduate students Liz Heppenheimer and Allie DeCandia attended and presented at the Student Conference on Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC. Allie DeCandia won an award for best talk! (Oct 2017)

A new publication by co-first authors Emily Shuldiner and Bridgett vonHoldt (Princeton), with senior author Monique Udell (OSU) in Science Advances received media coverage at the following sites (19 July 2017):

  • WHYY Philadephia Radio Times [link]
  • Princeton Homepage [link]
  • The New York Times [link]
  • ScienceNews (with a video!) [link]
  • National Geographic [link]
  • BBC [link]
  • Smithsonian [link]
  • New Scientist [link]
  • Inside Science [link]
  • The Verge [link]
  • Phys.org [link]
  • Inverse [link]

    Learning Lab Program high school student Katie Simons conducted a summer research internship in the lab and her Senior Honors Project! She was invited to present a poster on her during Princeton Research Day, 11 May 2017. Congratulations, Katie! She was also awarded the Princeton choice Award! Keep up the good work at Rochester, and keep in touch!

    A publication by first author B vonHoldt (Princeton) and senior author R Wayne (UCLA) in Science Advances received media coverage at the following sites (27 July 2016):

  • The New York Times [link]
  • New Scientist [link]
  • Science Magazine [animated video] and story [link]
  • Science Daily [link]
  • EurkAlert [link]
  • Phys.org [link]
  • ScienceNews [link]
  • The Wildlife Society [link]
  • Seeker [link]
  • GenomeWeb.com [link]
  • Motherboard [link]
  • EScienceNews [link]

    Nice youtube animation, too, by the AAAS! [ link ]

    The Molecular Ecologist highlights research lead by B vonHoldt (Princeton) that described wolf-coyote introgression mapping in North American canids with an ancestry-based approach.

    Dr. Kristin Brzeski (website) is a member of the Biodiversity Initiative [link]. Their research made the cover of Audubon Magazine with a great published article [link]! Check it out!

    The Molecular Ecologist blog's How To Guide: Ax excellent blog that discussed Science in the news but also provides technical help on analysis and visualizations.

    ConGen2015 : Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics, Jan 12-22, 2015 in Rincon, Puerto Rico! The American Genetic Association together with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez is presenting a 10-day intensive course in methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic and genomic analyses for conservation of endangered species. Applicants should be conservation-minded scientists (advanced graduate students, post- docs, teachers, and researchers with advanced degrees) from academia, government, NGOs, or industry who are studying the genetics of endangered species and who will apply the knowledge gained from this course to the conservation of such species. The cost per participant will be $2350 and will include your accommodation, all meals and travel from and to the airport. Partial or full scholarships may be awarded to registered students.


    SMBE2014: June 8-12th, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico! The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is an international organization whose goals are to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers. In order to accomplish these goals, the Society publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution. The Society sponsors an annual meeting, as well as smaller satellite meetings or workshop on important, focused, and timely topics. It also confers honors and awards to students and researchers.


    How a contagious dog tumour went global : "Sexually transmitted canine cancer has acquired almost 2 million mutations and is still going strong." This is a great study that uses genome sequencing of tumors to explore their evolutionary history, time since divergence from the host genome, and extrapolating information on the original founder canine.


    "And Man Created Dog"
    National Geographic Special


    "New Findings Puts Origins of Dogs in Middle East"
    The New York Times


    V Morell (2008) Wolves at the door of a more dangerous world. Science 319(5865), 890-892 [abstract]
    Science Magazine News Focus




    Cover Photography


    B vonHoldt, E Heppenheimer, V Petrenko, P Croonquist, LY Rutledge (2017) J Heredity 108, 341-348


    BM vonHoldt, RW Kays, JP Pollinger, RK Wayne (2016) Mol Ecol 25(11), 2443-2453


    I Janowitz Koch, MM Clark, MJ Thompson, et al. (2016) Mol Ecol 25(8), 1838-1855


    B vonHoldt, J Pollinger, D Earl, et al. (2011) Genome Res 21, 1294-1305


    B vonHoldt, D Stahler, J Pollinger, et al. (2010) Mol Ecol 19, 4412-4427


    T Anderson, B vonHoldt, S Candille, et al. (2009) Science 323(5919), 1339-1343