Joseph F. Ryan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Joseph F. Ryan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Joseph Ryan has been faculty at Whitney Lab since 2014. Before that, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in Bergen, Norway and a research fellow at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He earned his Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University.

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Email: joseph.ryan@whitney.ufl.edu

Observations into Animal History

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The remarkable display of diversity in the animal kingdom is a result of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary change. We combine experimental techniques, genome sequencing, and phylogenetic analyses to address fundamental questions about the sources of this evolutionary diversity in marine animals. The main animal models in the lab are ctenophores (comb jellies) and cnidarians (e.g., anemones, jellyfish, stalked jellies), but we also have projects involving annelids, echinoderms, ectoprocts, flatworms, and other marine invertebrates.

Key questions in the lab include:

  • How are animals related?
  • How are genomes evolving and what effect have these changes had on animal evolution?
  • How do animals adapt to extreme environments like the deep sea?
  • How do changes in life history arise and what affect do they have on genomes?
  • What are the underlying mechanisms that have shaped animal regeneration?
  • What can cancer genes in a sea anemone tell us about cancer in humans?
  • What drives reproduction in ctenophores?

Approaches

The Ryan lab is interdisciplinary and integrates experimental biology and bioinformatic techniques to address questions at the intersection of evolutionary biology, developmental biology, and ecology. The work involves DNA sequencing, genome assembly, genome annotation, phylogenomics, microinjections, spectroscopy, fieldwork, and any other techniques that help address fundamental questions in animal evolution.


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I am a bioinformatician trained in evolutionary genomics.

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