Evolutionary genomics & gene regulation.

Joshua Rest’s lab @ Ecology and Evolution @ Stony Brook University. We use computation, experiments, and natural history to study the evolution of biological systems.


Preprint: Nicotine Stimulates Peristalsis in N. vectensis: From Behavior to Nicotinic Receptor Genes

View the preprint at research square.

Alex wins Slobodkin Award

Alex Gil Gomez was awarded a Slobodkin Award at our annual Ecology and Evolution retreat. He will use the award to fund his upcoming publications and attendance at scientific conferences.

New grant to study bothrosomes!

Along with PI Jackie Collier and co-PI Dave Matus, we have recieved a seed grant from the School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences to study “A unique organelle at the interface of the carbon cycle and marine food webs”.

Keffy Kehrli describes his thesis in three minutes.

Graduate student Keffy Kehrli has won 3rd place in SBU’s Three Minute Thesis Virtual Competition.


Phylogenetic Gene Expression Meta-Analysis

Does the expression of vertebrate genes evolve under purifying selection? Resolving the regulatory innovation paradox.

Cell to Cell Expression Variation

Does the distribution of protein expression levels vary and evolve? Why?

Functional Genomics of Labyrinthulomycetes.

Developing tools to investigate genes involved in ecologically and evolutionarily interesting labyrinthulomycete traits, including carotenoid biosynthesis and the production of the ectoplasmic network.


Nicotine Stimulates Peristalsis in N. Vectensis: From Behavior to Nicotinic Receptor Genes

Rapid evolutionary changes in gene expression in response to climate fluctuations

Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology

Widespread ancient whole-genome duplications in Malpighiales coincide with Eocene global climatic upheaval