Mega Journal Club

June 7, 2019

We experimented with a new way to learn about a topic: what happens when you put random sequences into cells? We had a potluck picnic at a nearby park, then sat in a circle and each presented a paper on the topic, spanning decades, techniques and model organisms. It was a ton of fun and a great way to gain a general understanding of how research is progressing in an interdisciplinary field. Highly recommend!

Gene birth Wiki

May 24, 2019

Everything you were dreaming to learn about de novo gene birth now at your finger tips in this invited review written with postdoctoral fellow Branden Van Oss, available at PLOS Genetics and on Wikipedia!

New Carvunis Lab Manual

March 11, 2019

We were inspired by great team leaders like Angela DePace, Prachee Avasthi and others to put together a document that lays out our lab culture, training expectations, safety rules etc. Basically everything you need to know if you are joining or thinking of joining the lab! It’s so nice to have it in writing, I hope that will help strengthen our productivity and avoid any misunderstanding in the future. Thanks all lab members for their input! Any prospective lab member interested in looking at the document can request access by emailing Dr Carvunis or Nelson Coelho.

Halloween party 2019

Happy Birthday EVERYONE

September 7, 2018

On this day we celebrated the birthdays of: John, Nelson, Branden, Saurin, Omer, and even Anthony! Almost the whole lab has birthdays within 2 weeks of each other… Happy birthday!!

Anne-Ruxandra receives 2018 Trailblazer Award from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society

September 6, 2018

The Ladies Hospital Aid Society is has been a pilar of community service in Pittsburgh since 1898. This year, they organized a Fire and Ice gala celebrating 6 Trailblazers for their outstanding contributions to science and patient care, including Dr. Carvunis. Achievements so hot, they will give you chills! This honor is very special, as it exemplifies how much Pittsburgh biomedical leadership trusts that fundamental evolutionary research will have lasting medical impact.

New: Pittsburgh Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine

September 1, 2018

Anne-Ruxandra co-founded this new Center together with other evolutionary biologists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The mission of the Center is to advance the fields of evolutionary biology and medicine by catalyzing research at their interface. The Center serves to cultivate educational and scientific collaborations between evolutionary biologists and biomedical researchers. As momentum builds, the Center will offer a yearly award to catalyze research at the interface of medicine and evolutionary biology. Visit the Center’s website to learn more about this exciting initiative!

Goodbye Selin!

August 23, 2018

A bittersweet moment together, saying goodbye to Selin who returns to Turkey to finish her undergraduate studies. Selin brought a lot to our group in the two summers she spent with us. We will always remember her fondly! Best of luck Selin!!

Celebrating BaDoi

August 7, 2018

BaDoi Phan has finished his excellent rotation work in the lab – Onto Med School!

Carvunis Lab Summer Party!

May 29, 2018

Nice picnic to welcome summer students and celebrate the beginning of summer next to the cathedral of learning

Of mice, men and immunity…

April 23, 2018

Our first manuscript on evolutionary systems medicine is published in Nature Immunology. A network-based vision of how evolution complicates comparative studies between human and mouse, and what that means for biomedical research. Great collaboration with eminent immunologist and veterinarian Peter Ernst, from UCSD. Check out the publication!

Anne-Ruxandra receives Searle Scholars award

April 15, 2018

The Kinship Foundation, established by the Searle family, has named Anne-Ruxandra one of the 15 recipients of the prestigious Searle Scholars Program for High Risk / High Reward research. Anne-Ruxandra is elated that she is granted the honor of joining this group of outstanding scientists. TRIB announcement.

Evolutionary Systems Medicine

February 15, 2018

How can we improve translation of biological knowledge between mouse models and human patients? Stay tuned for a new manuscript to come out at Nature Immunology that proposes how an evolutionary systems approach may help increase the success of future clinical trials.

The Vitruvian Rat, by GreenLabRat, Image Courtesy GreenLabRat at Deviant Art, 2016

The Plate Factory

November 15, 2017

We are now pretty much a fully equipped yeast lab, and Nelson is super proud of Saurin and John working in the plate factory!

 Halloween Party

October 27, 2017

Fun times with silly costumes at our Halloween Party with everyone on the 10th floor.


 Selin’s See-off

September 15, 2017

Sept 15 2017, we say goodbye to Selin who visited us from Turkey for the summer. Have a safe journey, good luck for the coming school year and we all hope to see you soon 🙂

 Eclipse Party!

August 21, 2017

Fun times at the Eclipse party organized by the Department of Computational and Systems Biology


 First paper from The Carvunis Lab published in Mol Biol Evol

January 12, 2017

This was a very international project with Diethard Tautz (Germany), Tomislav Domazet-Lošo (Croatia), Mat Alba (Spain) and others. We asked how the technical limitations of BLAST may interfere with our ability to know when sequences have emerged in evolution. Find out more by reading the manuscript here [LINK].

The Carvunis Lab is Open!

December 15, 2016

It all begins on December 1st 2016: with an office, a desk, a gutted lab space undergoing serious renovations and a nice plaque on the wall…