Nicholas Meyerson

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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
  • Constructing ancestral states of primate genes involved in the cross-species transmission of retroviruses in order 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)


How to modify tree files to isolate branches in PAML

The Sawyer Lab

Two stepping through time: mammals and viruses