Luciano M. Matzkin

Luciano in OPNM Dr. Luciano Matzkin

Adjunct Faculty Investigator
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
2014 - present

Assistant Professor
Director of the Graduate Program
Deparment of Biological Sciences
2011 - present

Assistant Research Scientist
University of California, San Diego

NIH (PERT) Postdoctoral Fellow 2003-2008
University of Arizona

PhD 2003
State University of New York at Stony Brook


Lab Staff
Laurel Young
Lab Manager extraordinaire!!!

Does it all, flies, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, enzyme kinetics, fish trematodes and even bakes cookies on fly transfer day.

Carson Allan
Genomics & Bioinformatics

Assembly and evolutionary analysis of the genomes of all four D. mojavensis cactus host races (Catalina Island, Mojave Desert, Sonora Desert and Baja California).

Graduate Students
Joshua Coleman
Genetic mechanisms influencing larval behavior in D. mojavensis and D. arizonae
Patrick Milder
CRISPR based analysis of the functional role of the subfunctionalized Alcohol Dehydrogenase paralogs in D. mojavensis

Mollye Sanders
Functional analysis of Glutathione S-transferase natural variants associated in cactus host adaptation in D. mojavensis

Cynthia Stanley
(Co-advised with Dr. Rogelio Cruz-Vera)
Functional and fitness consequence of the tryptophanase operon of bacteria in the Drosophila gut

Gisela Harper
(Co-advised with Dr. Bruce Stallsmith)
Analysis of diet preference of Atlantic Sharpnose sharks (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae) in the Gulf of Mexico.


Undergraduate Students

Yesenia Compres
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Lab Mascots

Amy the cactophilic Drosophila pinata

Kate the fly food pump

Paco and Taco
Charlie (Hyla cinerea), very happy to take the extra lab flies
Graduate Students
Carson Allan MS Dec 2013, "Genome wide search for positive selection on protein-coding genes between cactus host races of Drosophila mojavensis"
Currently a research assistant in the Matzkin Lab
Alexandra Jost MS May 2014, "Local adaptation in larval activity and pupation preference and their implication for ecological speciation"
Undergraduate Students
Amanda Bosserman
Jessica Craft PhD Program @ UC Berkeley
Alejandro Colmenero  
Reginal Henderson
Diatherix Laboratories
Located at HudsonAlpha
Sandra Knecht  
Sienna Kostencki Medical School @ Meharry Medical College
Fernando Picazo Medical School @ University of Arizona
Sandy Rios  
Joel Schumacher UCSD
Jonathan Sullivan
Variation in chemosensory behavior across the four D. mojavensis cactus host races. In the JUMP program (joint BS/MS program).

Currently in the Neurobiology Doctoral Program @ University of Utah Medical School
Jonathan Trinh UAH
Monique Whitaker  




Department of Biological Sciences