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King Lab

Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics

University of Missouri

In the King Lab, we are trying to understand the genetic basis and evolution of organismal allocation patterns. The core life processes for every organism, such as surviving in the environment, finding food and mates, and reproducing, require the organism to allocate some of its limited resources to these functions. Different selective pressures have produced the diversity of strategies that we see within and among species in how and when to allocate resources to different structures and functions. We use both computational and empirical techniques to try to understand both how different allocation strategies evolve and the underlying genetic architecture of this highly complex trait.

Recent Posts

Lab Re-opening in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University has begun repopulating campus in phases. It is critical that we do so carefully and while doing everything we can to …

Congratulations Dr. Perinchery-Herman!!!

Lab Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 is spreading in the United States and we have a case in Boone County. See the excellent resource at Next Strain for an …

New Publication Alert: BMC Genomics

A principal components analysis shows the global patterns of gene expression in the different diets in this study for each tissue. Our …

Meet the Team

Lab Info

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King Lab

Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics

Principal Investigator

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Elizabeth G. King

Assistant Professor

Lab Members

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Elizabeth Jones

Lab Manager

Microbiology, Experimental evolution, Biological control

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Enoch Ng'oma

Postdoctoral Scholar

Experimental evolution of resource allocation strategies, Genetics of lifespan

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Anna Perinchery-Herman

PhD Student

Genetics of lipid, carbohydrate, and protein storage, Patterns of phenotypic plasticity in response to diet

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Patricka Williams-Simon

PhD Student

Genetic basis of learning, memory, and thermal tolerance, Techniques for functional validation of QTL

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Zeke Elkins

PhD Student

Genetics of dispersal, Modeling life history evolution, Science communication

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Mathangi Ganesan

Master's Student

Effects of diet on learning and memory

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Ronel Ghidey

Undergraduate Student

The role of alternative splicing on thermal tolerance

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Andrew Jones

Undergraduate Student

The effect of early life diet on adult life history phenotypes

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Jordyn Moaton

Undergraduate Student

The evolution of starvation resistance

Lab Alumni

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Paul Petrowski

MA, 2019

Developing tools for making inferences from genomic data

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Patrick Stanley

MA, 2016

Genetic basis of diet-dependent IIS gene expression

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Elizabeth Lo Presti

Lab Manager, 2014 - 2015

Publications

See my Google Scholar page for an up-to-date list of the lab's publications.