Elde Lab

department of human genetics








Welcome new post-doc fellow Matt Barber from Stanford.

The Elde Lab is open for science

with charter lab members Diane Downhour and Melissa Hartley.

Our paper on gene accordion-like adaptive evolution in poxviruses is featured with a 'PaperFlick' video abstract in Cell.

Welcome new post-doc fellow Dustin Hancks and grad student Kelsey Rogers Cone.

Nels is named a 2012 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.



Hear the interview on KCPW (local NPR station)


The Scientist: Editor's Choice

Welcome new grad student Della Fixsen!

Dustin Hancks is awarded a

post-doc fellowship from the

American Cancer Society.

Congrats Dustin.

Check out Nels' appearance

on This Week in Virology at

the ASM 2013 meeting in Denver.

Matt Barber is awarded a NRSA post-doc fellowship from the NIH. Congrats Matt.

Welcome post-doc fellow

Edward Chuong from Stanford.

Ed is also a new member of the

Feschotte lab.


Welcome research technician Juliane Smith and grad student Clay Carey.

The Elde lab is awarded a

collaborative development

NIH grant to study 'New roles

for retrogenes in the restriction

of HIV', with the CHEETAH center.

Ed Chuong is awarded a

Jane Coffin Childs - Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoc fellowship!

Nels becomes an

Associate Editor at

PLOS Pathogens.

Congrats to grad student Clay Carey for being named a Reavis Fellow in Genetics.

Congrats to grad student Della Fixsen for being awarded a slot on the Genetics Training Grant.

Grad student Kelsey Rogers Cone is awarded a slot on the Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant.

Utah's inaugural Molecular Evolution Retreat is held at Deer Valley with keynote speakers Doris Bachtrog and John Willis.


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Matt Barber's paper

Escape from bacterial iron piracy through rapid evolution of transferrin


highlighted by

Carl Zimmer in the NY Times

Ed Yong for National Geographic

Science: The battle for iron

Nature: How bacteria and host fight for iron

ASCB: The iron double cross


iron pirate map by Janet Iwasa

Matt Barber wins the 2014 Omenn Prize for 'paper of the year' at the interface of evolutionary biology and medicine.

Welcome new post-doc Alesia McKeown from the University of Oregon.


Alesia is also a new member of the Feschotte lab.

Matt Barber is awarded a K99 Pathway to Independence grant from NIGMS. Congrats Matt.

Profile of Nels and our work on virus evolution on the NIH Biomedical Beat blog from NIGMS.

Nels receives the Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award from the American Society for Virology.


Selfie with ASV President Vincent Racaniello at the annual meeting in London, Ontario.

Dustin Hancks' paper on the evolution of nucleic acid sensors cGAS and OAS in primates appears in PLOS Genetics.


He got the news on the gourd phone.

Alesia McKeown presents her thesis work from Joe Thornton's lab in the Walter Fitch Prize competition at the SMBE annual meeting as depicted by Alex Cagan.


The Elde lab receives a

R01 award. Thank you NIGMS!

Announcing This Week in Evolution a new monthly podcast hosted by Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello.


A podcast on the biology behind what makes us tick.


Alesia McKeown is awarded a

Damon Runyon Foundation - HHMI

postdoc fellowship!

Ed Chuong's paper Regulatory evolution of innate immunity through co-option of endogenous retroviruses

co-starring Cedric Feschotte


highlighted by

Carl Zimmer in the New York Times

Ed Yong in The Atlantic

Sarah Zhang in Wired

Science: A copy-and-paste gene regulatory network


Dustin Hancks is awarded a K99 Pathway to Independence grant from NIGMS. Congrats Dustin.

Nels is named an Investigator in the

Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

The Barber lab is open for science in the Department of Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon. Congrats Matt.

Welcome new post-doc Keir Balla from the University of California San Diego.


Nels receives the 2016 Merck Irving S. Sigal

Memorial Award from the American Society

for Microbiology.

evolutionary genetics & cell biology