NIH Grant Awarded
Dr. Stuart Macdonald (professor) received a 5-year award from the NIH entitled A Resource for the Genetic Dissection of Complex Traits (R01OD034064). This award continues a decade of research in the Macdonald lab investigating the genetic basis of complex, polygenic trait variation in the Drosophila melanogaster (fruitfly) model system. The goals of the award are to develop and deploy novel methods for high-throughput genetic dissection of phenotypic variation (in collaboration with Dr. Tony Long at UC Irvine), implement new computational methods for discovering loci/genes impacting variation (with Dr. Karl Broman at the University of Wisconsin), and identify genes that impact the regulatory response to bacterial infection (with Dr. Rob Unckless in Molecular Biosciences at KU).