Joseph Felsenstein is Professor in the Departments of Genome Sciences and Biology and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is best known for his work on phylogenetic inference, and is the author of Inferring Phylogenies, and principal author and distributor of the package of phylogenetic inference programs called PHYLIP, and is currently serving as the President of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution.

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James McInerney is the principle investigator of the Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution Laboratories at NUI Maynooth. He was one of the founding directors of the Irish Centre for High End Computing, an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Biology Direct, and Journal of Experimental Zoology, and is currently serving as the Secretary for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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Juliette de Meaux is interested in the molecular basis of Darwinian adaptation in natural plant systems. Her works combines the approaches of population, quantitative and molecular genetics to dissect the underpinning of adaptive changes. She completed her PhD at AgroParisTech, under the supervision of Prof. Claire Neema and studied the molecular basis of host-pathogen coevolution in natural populations of common bean. She then spent her Postdoc time in the lab of Prof. Tom Mitchell-Olds at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Jena and worked on the evolution of cis-regulatory DNA. Since 2005, she runs her own lab, first at the Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding in Cologne and then at the University of Münster. In January 2015, she relocated her lab at the University of Cologne. She is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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Invited Review

Trends in the Evolution of Snake Toxins Underscored by an Integrative Omics Approach to Profile the Venom of the Colubrid Phalotris mertensi

Pollyanna Fernandes Campos, Debora Andrade-Silva, Andre Zelanis, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Marisa Maria Teixeira Rocha, Milene Cristina Menezes, Solange M.T. Serrano, Inacio de Loiola Meirelles Junqueira-de-Azevedo
Aug 16, 2016; 8:2266-2287
Research Article

Assessing the Unseen Bacterial Diversity in Microbial Communities

Alejandro Caro-Quintero, Howard Ochman
Dec 31, 2015; 7:3416-3425
Research Article

Gene Family Evolution Reflects Adaptation to Soil Environmental Stressors in the Genome of the Collembolan Orchesella cincta

Anna Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, Martijn F. L. Derks, Seyed Yahya Anvar, Valeria Agamennone, Wouter Suring, Sandra Smit, Nico M. van Straalen, Dick Roelofs
Jul 12, 2016; 8:2106-2117
Research Article

Comparative metagenomic analysis reveals mechanisms for stress response in hypoliths from extreme hyperarid deserts

Phuong Thi Le, Thulani P. Makhalanyane, Leandro Guerrero, Surendra Vikram, Yves Van de Peer, Don A. Cowan
Aug 8, 2016; 0:1891-189
Research Article

From Prediction to Function Using Evolutionary Genomics: Human-Specific Ecotypes of Lactobacillus reuteri Have Diverse Probiotic Functions

Jennifer K. Spinler, Amrita Sontakke, Emily B. Hollister, Susan F. Venable, Phaik Lyn Oh, Miriam A. Balderas, Delphine M.A. Saulnier, Toni-Ann Mistretta, Sridevi Devaraj, Jens Walter, James Versalovic, Sarah K. Highlander
Jul 14, 2014; 6:1772-1789
Research Article

Essentiality Is a Strong Determinant of Protein Rates of Evolution during Mutation Accumulation Experiments in Escherichia coli

David Alvarez-Ponce, Beatriz Sabater-Munoz, Christina Toft, Mario X. Ruiz-Gonzalez, Mario A. Fares
Aug 25, 2016; 0:2051-205
Research Article