Nicholas Meyerson

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Oh you know... doing SCIENCE at CSH Retroviruses 2012

Nicholas R. Meyerson

Graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin under the mentorship of Dr. Sara Sawyer

I specialize in evolutionary analyses using PAML, so please talk to me during or after the course about your ideas/concerns.

Research Interests

  • Understanding the evolutionary trajectory of primate genes involved in host-virus interactions
  • Functionally characterizing the consequences of rapidly evolving codons during viral replication using mammalian tissue culture
  • Ancestral state reconstruction of primate genes involved in the cross-species transmission of retroviruses to functionally test their role as barriers to zoonosis
  • Discovering novel antiviral restriction factors in primates using PAML positive selection analysis
  • Probing the fate of duplicated genes by constructing chimeras from deeply divergent species (i.e. fungi and archaea)


The Sawyer Lab

Two stepping through time: mammals and viruses

A tutorial on editing tree files for branch isolation in PAML