The Yang Lab works on plant systematics and evolution.
We combine field and collection-based approaches with phylogenetics, transcriptomics, and genomics to reconstruct species relationships and to study polyploidy, reticulate evolution, and gene families involved in secondary metabolites, plant carnivory, and stress tolerance.
- Jul 2019: Alexandra Crum joins the lab as a Ph.D. student working on combining plant phylogenomics with ethnobotany. Alex is a Minnesota native. She just finished up her master's degree on plant systematics with Dr. Tim Evans at the Grand Valley State University, MI. Welcome, Alex!
- Jun 2019: the entire lab (Diego, Rebekah, and Ya) went to the Evolution meeting in Providence, RI. Diego presented a talk on his Amaranthaceae phylogenomics project, and Rebekah presented a poster on chromosome evolution in Drosera.
- May 2019: Nan Lin, Ph.D. student at Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, is awarded a China Scholarship Council fellowship for a 12-month visit to the lab. Welcome, Nan!
- May 2019: Rebekah passed her prelim exam and is now officially a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations, Rebekah!
- Mar 2019: Rebekah is awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit Australia for 10 months for her dissertation research on Drosera. She will be hosted by Dr. Adam Cross at the Curtin University in Australia. Congratulations!
- Oct 2018: Delphine Tefarikis (from Prof. Gudrun Kadereit's lab) is visiting from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. She is working with Diego Morales on reticulate evolution and C4 photosynthesis in Chenopods.
- Oct 2018: Ya participated in the ADBC summit in Gainesville, FL, to kick start the Endless Form TCN project digitizing specimens from families with specialized adaptations such as carnivory, succulence, epiphytes etc.
- Sep 2018: Diego and Ya visited Mexico City for the Caryophyllales 2018 meeting, each gave a talk, and co-taught a phylogenomic workshop with Mike Moore.
- Jul 2018: We had a blast at the Botany meeting in Rochester, MN with three talks (Mohn, Morales, and Yang) and one poster (Chen).
- Jul 2018: Rebekah had a busy summer. She collected Drosera in MT and ID right after finishing her OTS Tropical Plant Systematics course in Costa Rica.
- Jun 2018: Diego and Chen presented their work at the Society of Systematic Biologists meeting in Columbus OH.
- Jun 2018: Rebekah won two awards from the Botanical Society of America: the Triarch Botanical Images Travel Award and the Karling Award that supports the best graduate student research proposal. Congrats again!
- May 2018: Rebekah won the American Society of Plant Taxonomists' t-shirt contest with a beautiful drawing of the twinflower (Linnaea borealis). She also won the Bell Museum Natural History Awards to support her summer field research. With that she just finished a week-long trip collecting Drosera in the east coast. Congratulations!
- Mar 2018: Rebekah visited University of Michigan over the spring break to work with Stephen Smith on niche evolution in Drosera and participated in the Early Career Scientists Symposium.
- Jan 2018: Lab manager Yinyin Huang is accepted by her dream PharmD program at University of Minnesota, starting Fall 2018. Congratulations!
- Oct 2017: First lab trip! Missouri Botanical Garden Fall Symposium