The Zakas lab at NCSU studies the genetics of developmental evolution. We are interested in determining the genetic basis for developmental traits, and how genetics shape complex life- histories.
We use the marine polychaete, Streblospio benedicti as a model for understanding life-history evolution. S. benedicti is the only known species with a heritable developmental dimorphism, where females produce two distinct types of offspring with different developmental trajectories. Our projects focus on comparative oogenesis, embryology, and larval biology of the two developmental morphs, and intermediate types. In this system we can integrate aspects of ecology, evolution, developmental biology, and genomics to answer questions about the genetic basis of developmental evolution. More info about Streblospio and the lab’s projects can be found here: Zakas Lab
The Postdoc project involves comparing expression differences during embryogenesis at the single-blastomere level to determine the spatial and temporal differences that regulate development. We are interested in determining the role of autonomous maternal factors on developmental program and understanding how maternal gene regulation results in different developmental modes. The approach is flexible, but possible projects include single-cell seq and ATAC-seq. We are also interested in developing CRISPR transgenic lines. Informal inquiries are welcome.
NC State is a major research University situated in the Research Triangle Park with Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and many biotech companies. We support diversity and inclusion. Candidates from minoritized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Qualifications: PhD in genetics, genomics, EvoDevo or a related field.
About North Carolina State University
The Department of Biological Sciences, within the College of Sciences at NC State
University, is dedicated to research and teaching in a broad range of aspects of the
biological sciences. The Department has strong undergraduate, graduate, and
postdoctoral programs and substantial extramural support to develop and maintain
integrative research programs. Additionally, the Department partners with other life
sciences units across the University to enhance its mission to conduct
interdisciplinary research and training programs.