About the lab

The Genome Evolution Laboratory is directed by Nicole Perna.  We are part of the Laboratory of Genetics, the Genome Center of Wisconsin, and the J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution.

Our research is aimed at building a systems-scale understanding of how complex traits evolve in bacteria.  We develop and apply genome-scale technologies and resources to probe how bacteria interact with each other, their hosts, and the environment. We study these processes primarily in enterobacteria, where depth of knowledge about a single model organism, Escherichia coli K-12, can be integrated with breadth of genomic data representing approximately half a billion years of evolutionary divergence.


  • Congratulations Jaime!

    Jaime Cordova is out of this world! https://ecals.cals.wisc.edu/2019/04/01/uw-madison-genetics-graduate-student-selected-as-solar-system-ambassador/?utm_source=ecals_email_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ecals_email_newsletter  

  • Welcome Dave!

    David Aceti joined the lab 4/1 as a staff scientist.  Welcome aboard!

  • Welcome Jaime!

    We are excited to announce that Jaime Cordova from the Genetics Ph.D. program joined the lab in December. Welcome aboard!

  • New Web Site

    We are constructing a new web site! Stay tuned for new content.

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