Principal Investigator

Kelly Dyer

Kelly Dyer

Kelly is broadly interested in evolutionary genetics and molecular evolution. She earned her B.S. in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis, M.S. from the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. She spent three years at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as a Royal Society USA Research Fellow before founding the Dyer Lab at UGA in November of 2007. While at UGA, Kelly has been a Lilly Teaching Fellow and she has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation as well as a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation. She received the 2017 Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA's highest early career teaching award. Kelly currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the UGA Department of Genetics.

Research Staff

Dylan Ricke

After graduating from New College, Dylan worked as an entomology intern for a year at Archibald Biological Station in Florida. In his spare time Dylan completes epic thru hikes: he's hiked the Appalachian Trial, and plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail before he starts grad school next year.

Graduate Students

Paul Ginsberg

Paul is interested in host-endosymbiont interactions. Paul has been working on Wolbachia-host interactions in D. recens and D. subquinaria, and is interested in how Wolbachia spreads both within host populations and to new host species. Paul is currently a trainee on the NIH Genetics training grant. Paul came to UGA from Michael Turelli's lab at UC Davis, where he studied Wolbachia in the melanogaster and montium groups of Drosophila.

Undergraduate Students

Ali Haider

Ali is working on Drosophila-Wolbachia interactions.

Emily Hall

Emily assists with various research projects in the lab.

Rachel Keener

Rachel is interested in the evolution of disease, and is investigating the interaction between Drosophila recens and its Wolbachia endosymbiont. Rachel intends to head to graduate school to continue a career in resarch.

Samantha Kincaid

Samantha is studying Drosophila courtship behavior.

Quinn Roe

Quinn is assisting with various research projects in the lab. He previously studied Drosophila neurobiology in Ping Shen's lab at UGA. Quinn hopes to go to medical school after he graduates this fall.

Dominic Rudic

Dominic assists with various research projects in the lab.

Madeline Snipes

Maddie is investigating the pathogens that infect Drosophila and how they may interact with Wolbachia. Maddie hopes to go to med school.

Lab Mascots

Our furry field assistants, Maisie and Indie

Lab Alumni (Graduate students)