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Brandon Gaut portraitBrandon Gaut – Principal Investigator
Brandon has been a faculty member at UCI since 1998 and Chair of the Department from 2006 to 2012.  When not working, he is usually trying to take advantage of the SoCal weather by pursuing some sort of outdoor activity, like biking or surfing.  (For him, surf is an acronym  for Stand Up Rapidly Fall.)


Danelle Seymour – Postdoc
Danelle received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Genetics at UC Davis. She completed her Ph.D. with Detlef Weigel at the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology Tübingen, Germany. While at MPI, she studied the evolution of DNA methylation in Brassicaceae as well as the genetic basis of intraspecific hybrid phenotypes in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Yongfeng Zhou Yongfeng– Postdoc
Yongfeng joined the lab in December 2015. He received his Ph.D. and a year of post-doc training from the University of Oulu, Finland, under the supervision of Prof. Outi Savolainen. Yongfeng has a background in population genetics and is currently investigating domestication genetics of grape and rice.


Shaun Hug – Ph.D. StudentShaun Hug portrait
Shaun joined the lab and the department in 2011 as a student in the Graduate Program in Mathematical, Computational and Biological Systems.  Shaun is home-grown – a native of Whittier, he attended Fullerton College and UCI before remaining an Anteater as a graduate student. He is interested in a broad array of topics, but is currently trying to bring expertise in Systems Biology to the analysis of phenotypic data from the E. coli experimental populations.

Kyria Roessier portrait

Kyria Roessler – Ph.D. Student
Like Shaun, Kyria joined UCI as a student in the Graduate Program Mathematical, Computational and Biological Systems.   She joined the lab with prior experience as a bioinformatician, based on work in the Green lab at UC Santa Cruz (home of the legendary Banana Slugs!).   Kyria’s current focus is on the effects of DNA methylation in plant genome evolution, but she has interests in a number of different topics including structural variants and metagenomics.

Pam McDonald portrait

Pam McDonald
 – Technician
Pam is multi-talented.  In the morning, she works in the Departmental office, where she guides the Graduate Program.  In the afternoon, she works in the lab as a technician.  Long the technician of Dean Al Bennett, she has a great deal of experience in experimental evolution and E. coli culture.   Now we are lucky that her afternoon home is with the Gaut Lab, helping us understand the mysteries of our evolved E. coli populations.

Rebecca Gaut Portrait
Rebecca Gaut
– Lab Manager

After working in the biotech industry for several years, Becky made the unfortunate decision to marry a budding academic. Since then, she’s worked in research labs at several universities, most recently in the lab of her husband.  That’s right – Becky has tolerated Brandon both in the lab for 18 years and at home for 25!   In the lab, she does everything molecular, from high throughput library prep, to BSseq, to qPCR and beyond.


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