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Welcome new post-doc fellow Matt Barber from Stanford.

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.



The Hancks Lab is open for science in the Department of Immunology at UT Southwestern Congrats Dustin.


Nels gives the 7th Annual Seymour Benzer Lecture at the National Academy of Sciences.

The Chuong Lab is open for science at the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Congrats Ed.


Nels is promoted to Associate Professor of Human Genetics and named a H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair.


Great fun co-hosting the SMBE satellite meeting #EvoCell2018 at the new Cell and Genome Science Center at the University of Utah and nearby Deer Valley Resort. Meeting Program


Congrats to Kelsey Cone on her successful Ph.D. defense and new job as Scientist at ARUP Laboratories.


Congrats to highschoolers Anna Mancera and Tyrell Floyd for winning the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair and advancing to the Intel ISEF 2017 with their Elde Lab research project.


Welcome new post-doc Zoë Hilbert from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Congrats to Alesia McKeown on her new position as a Scientist at BioFire Diagnostics!

Welcome new post-doc Stephen Goldstein from the University of Pennsylvania.

Welcome new post-doc Kristen Davenport from Colorado State University.

Welcome new M.D.-Ph.D student Michelle Culbertson.

Congrats to Clay Carey on his successful thesis defense and new post-doc position in Jamie Gagnon’s lab in Biology at the University of Utah

Welcome new post-doc Mai Tran from University of California San Diego.


Zoë Hilbert is awarded a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation postdoc fellowship!


Nels joins as a member of the Genetic Variation and Evolution (GVE) Study Section at NIH

Welcome Ph.D. student Erin Cafferty.

Nels becomes a Reviewing Editor at eLife


Welcome undergrad Sonresa Ochoa-Vidales.

Congrats to Della Fixsen on her successful Ph.D. defense and new position as a postdoc fellow in Shelley Copley’s lab at CU Boulder!

Nels is awarded a MacArthur Fellowship!

Kristen Davenport receives a NIH Research Scientist Development Award (K01). Congrats Kristen!

The Elde lab is awarded a multi-investigator Transformative R01 with Brenda Bass , Dan Stetson, and Jane Jackman


See some of the backstory on the NIH Director’s blog.

This Week in Evolution records its 5th anniversary show on the future of our past.

Welcome new grad student Hannah Young.

Sonresa Ochoa-Vidales is awarded an internship in the GSRM summer program!

Nels joins the scientific advisory board of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Research Fund.

Stephen Goldstein is awarded a NRSA post-doc fellowship from the NIH. Congrats Stephen!

Stephen Goldstein weighs in on the SARS-2 pandemic on NPR’s Science Friday.

Welcome new research technicians Mara Schwiesow and Teagan Feeley.

Welcome summer undergrad intern Pear Instasin.

Welcome summer undergrad intern Natalia Etsitty

Mai Tran is awarded a NRSA post-doc fellowship from the NIH. Congrats Mai!

Sonresa Ochoa-Vidales is awarded a position in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Congrats Sonresa!

Welcome new post-doc Ian Boys from UT Southwestern.

Welcome to new research technician Drew Janik also working in the Gagnon lab.



Sonresa Ochoa-Vidales is accepted to University of Pennsylvainia where she will start her PhD. Congrats Sonresa!

The Balla Lab is open for science at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub! Congradulations Keir!


Ian was awarded an LSRF postdoctoral fellowship. Congratulations Ian!

Welcome new post-doc Katie Deets from UC Berkeley

Hannah was awarded the Out to Innovate Career Development Fellowship and a spot on the UofU Genetics Training grant. Congratulations Hannah!


Michelle was awarded an F30 fellowship. Congratulations Michelle!

Meghan Quinlan joins the lab as a research technician.


Steve Cho joined the lab as an MD/PhD student.


 Welcome Meghan and Steve!

The Elde Lab is open for science

with charter lab members Diane Downhour and Melissa Hartley.

evolutionary genetics & cell biology