Convergent Evolution: Bioluminescence in Squid Species


Project Description

In this project, students worked with graduate student Sabrina Pankey in the Oakley group to understand genetic similarities in two minimally-related squid species.  Despite being separated in evolution, each of these species express similar bioluminescent proteins.  To better understand the biological role of these similarities, the students performed experiments to measure the amount of genetic expression in different tissue samples.

UCSB California NanoSystems Institute