Kris is Awarded Mizzou GPC Travel Grant

Our graduate student Kris was awarded a travel grant today from the Graduate Professional Council at the University of Missouri. She will use the travel grant to attend the upcoming International Congress for Conservation Biology to present her recent work on the genetic diversity of the Asian elephant.

GPC [gave] out around $50,000 in travel awards this year to MU graduate and professional students. The award is designed to assist MU graduate and professional students who are representing the University of Missouri by presenting research papers, posters or creative works at conferences. The GPC finance committee judges the quality of each application based on professionalism (spelling and grammar, appropriate word usage, formatting, etc.) and the completeness of the application materials [.]  – University of Missouri, graduate professional council


Chelsea presents her research at Mizzou’s annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum

Our former undergraduate researcher and current MDC genetics assistant, Chelsea Titus, presented a poster on her undergraduate research on Lorisidae primates (aka slow loris and their evolutionary cousins.

Mizzou’s annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum showcases student research and scholarly and creative achievements to the Mizzou community. MU undergraduates from any major and all academic levels are eligible to present their work. Students presenting at the Forum are eligible to compete for the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements and win up to $500 in scholarship funding. – Undergraduate Research, University of Missouri

As a research project collaborating with anthropology PhD Candidate Rachel Munds, they investigated the evolutionary history of Lorisidae primates (Arctocebus, Loris, Nycticebus, and Perodicticus). They also looked at their phylogeny in relation to genes that influence coat color/patterning to better describe their taxonomy.

Congratulations to Chelsea on another successful research presentation!

Kris is awarded the Douglas D. Randall Young Scientists Development Fund

Our graduate student Kris Budd, has been awarded the Douglas D. Randall Young Scientists Development Fund. This fund is a travel award that provides funding to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Missouri who are conducting life-sciences research.

Kris is using the Travel Award to give a presentation on her Asian elephant research at the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017) in Cartegena Colombia July 23rd through the 27th.

David Vasquez Jr. is awarded the NSF GRFP

Our former PREP student David Vasquez Jr. was named one of the 2017 recipients of the NSF GRFP. David has since moved to study disease ecology at the University of Georgia, but we are still extremely proud that our dear friend was honored by receiving such a prestigious award!

Congratulations David!

Dr. Eggert is an Eisenstark Fellow

Congratulations to our Principal Investigator Dr. Lori Eggert on being named a 2017 Eisenstark Faculty Fellow. This fellowship is awarded to those distinguished professors who excel in teaching, research, and service. We know our advisor excels in all these aspects and we are proud of her being selected for this fellowship.

Our colleague, Dr. Chris Pires was also awarded the Eisenstark Faculty Fellow.

Additional award recipients in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri can be found here.

Congratulations Dr. Eggert!

Annual Door Decorating Contest

As always the Eggert Lab had to join in on the DBS annual door decorating contest. We ended up winning 1st place in Best Scientific Holiday Door competition with our door “the Elves who ruined Christmas”. Elves are the reason we’ve been having issues getting our experiments to work this season, definitely not our faults!

Joe Gunn joins the Eggert Lab

Congratulations on our PhD rotation student Joe Gunn who has officially decided to join the Eggert Lab for his PhD dissertation! We are all extremely happy that Joe will be staying with us since he has become like family to the rest of the members of the lab. Joe will be working on our Neosho Small Mouth Bass project in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation. He will likely also aim to add his own epi-genetic interests into the project as well.

We’re all so happy to have Joe joining the Lab, here’s to several years another great researcher in the Eggert Lab!

Eggert Lab at Ecological Genomics 2016

This weekend Dr. Eggert and graduate students Kris Budd and Joe Gunn attended the 2016 Ecological Genomics conference. The Eggert lab has been making an appearance at this regional conference for a few years now and we are always excited to see what fascinating research our colleagues have conducted. We look forward to seeing what 2017 has to offer.

Chelsea and Rachel at IPS/ASP 2016

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Our visiting scholars, Rachel Munds and Chelsea Titus spent this past week at the Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists in Chicago, Illinois hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo’s Lester Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes.




Chelsea and Rachel both presented posters on their research investigating the evolutionary history of Lorisidae primates (Arctocebus, Loris,Nycticebus, and Perodicticus) and their phylogeny in relation to genes that influence coat color/patterning to better describe their taxonomy.

IPS ASP Chicago 2016“Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is proud to host the 26th Congress of the International Primatological Society jointly with the 39th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists. This Joint Meeting will mark the 20th anniversary since the most recent joint IPS/ASP meeting and be the first to be hosted by a zoological park.”