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Laura Shannon


I am a computational evolutionary geneticist investigating the way human cultures have affected the genomes of the organisms we use through the process of domestication.

In the Boyko Lab, I am using population genetics tools and our collection of village dog data to elucidate the details of the origins of and relationships among dog populations. Additionally, in collaboration with the Purugganan lab at NYU, we are examining next gen sequence data to identify a wild progenitor for date palms and find a location of origin.

I studied Biology and Anthropology at Grinnell College. I received a PhD in Genetics under the direction of John Doebley at the University of Wisconsin. My graduate work focused on a quantitative genetic analysis of the differences between maize and its wild progenitor teosinte, especially the gene that allowed maize to become day neutral and spread out of Central Mexico and into temperate regions.