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Sapphirina auronitens

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Sapphirina auronitens Claus, 1863

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Ehsan KayalPeter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Responsibilities: Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

    Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2012
    Research Master, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), 2005

    Research Interests: evolution of mitochondrial genome in animals; genomics and genome evolution in non-bilaterian animals; phylogenomics and evolutionary history

    Selected Publications:
    Redmond NE, Morrow CC, Thacker RW, Diaz MC, Boury-Esnault N, Cárdenas P, Hajdu E, Lôbo-Hajdu G, Picton BE, Pomponi SA, Kayal E, Collins AG. 2013. Phylogeny and Systematics of Demospongiae in Light of New Small-Subunit Ribosomal DNA (18S) Sequences. Integrative and Comparative Biology, doi:10.1093/icb/ict078.

    Kayal E, Roure B, Philippe H, Collins AG, Lavrov DV. 2013. Cnidarian phylogenetic relationships as revealed by mitogenomics. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13:5.

    Lavrov DV, Pett W, Voigt O, Worheide G, Forget L, Lang BF, Kayal E. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA of Clathrina clathrus (Calcarea, Calcinea): six linear chromosomes, fragmented rRNAs, tRNA editing, and a novel genetic code. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi: 10.1093/molbev/mss274.

    Smith D, Kayal E, Yanagihara A, Collins AG, Pirro S, Keeling P. 2012. First complete mitochondrial genome sequence from a box jellyfish reveals a highly fragmented, linear architecture and insights into telomere evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution, 4(1): 52-58.

    Kayal E, Bentlage B, Collins AG, Kayal M, Pirro S, Lavrov DV. 2012. Evolution of linear mitochondrial genomes in medusozoan cnidarians. Genome Biology and Evolution, 4(1): 1-12.

    Rota-Stabelli O, Kayal E, Gleeson D, Daub J, Boore J, Pisani D, Telford M, Blaxter M, Lavrov DV, 2010. Ecdysozoan Mitogenomics: Evidence for a Common Origin of the Legged Invertebrates, the Panarthropoda. Genome Biology and Evolution 2: 425-440.

    Kayal E, Lavrov DV, 2008. The mitochondrial genome of Hydra oligactis (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) sheds new light on animal mtDNA evolution and cnidarian phylogeny. Gene 410: 177-186.

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