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 received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation as well as a New Scholar in Aging Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation. She was a Lilly Teaching Fellow and is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy. In 2017 Kelly received the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which is UGA's highest early career teaching award. Kelly currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the UGA Department of Genetics and a co-Director of the NIH T32 Genetics Training Grant.

Graduate Students

Andrew Duitsman

Andrew is broadly interested in evolutionary biology. He is studying speciation and sperm competition in D. recens and D. subquinaria. In 2021 Andrew received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning.

Paul Ginsberg

Paul is interested in host-endosymbiont interactions and speciation. 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. He is also studying patterns of introgression between these species. Paul came to UGA from Michael Turelli's lab at UC Davis, where he studied Wolbachia in the melanogaster and montium groups of Drosophila. At UGA Paul was a trainee on the NIH Genetics Training grant for two years.

Theresa Miorin

Theresa is interested in evolutionary genomics, and she is currently studying X-chromosome drive in D. neotestacea. Theresa is currently a trainee on the NIH Genetics Training Grant and she received an R.C. Lewontin Early Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution. Theresa came to UGA from Rebekah Rogers' lab at UNC Charlotte, where she studied meiotic drive, gene expression, and structural evolution in Drosophila.

Undergraduate Students

Spencer Harbin

Kelly Honkanen

Abigail Moore

Lab Mascots

Our furry field assistants, Maisie and Indie

Lab Alumni (Graduate students)