Tracing the evolution of a mammalian microprotein

Nov 23, 2021

Jiwon and Aaron have discovered SPAAR, a microprotein thought to be exclusively in placental mammals, actually exists in marsuplials and monotremes like the platypus! Even though it is much more ancient than previously thought, it has changed a lot to the point of diverging almost beyond recognition, including a cool elongation in primates that appears under positive selection! Read more in out open access article which is part of a Special Issue “How do new genes originate and evolve?” with many more exciting articles on molecular innovation.


Oct 19, 2021

The Carvunis Lab celebrated the fall season with a field trip to a local pumpkin patch and apple orchard! We spent the day picking out pumpkins, picking apples, wandering through a corn maze, and sipping on warm apple cider. Happy autumn!

Dr. Carvunis and Dr. Wacholder speak to Science Careers

September 16, 2021
Dr. Carvunis and Dr. Wacholder were interviewed for a recent article in Science Careers about the importance of performance reviews for early-career researchers and their advisors. Check out the article here!