Cheong Xin Chan. Lateral gene transfer and its prevalence in unicellular eukaryote. Talk at The Annual Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE 2009) in Iowa City, IA, USA. June 4, 2009. [PDF]
Jeremiah Hackett. A comprehensive comparative genomic approach for identifying saxitoxin synthesis genes. Talk at the NSF−Microbial Genome Sequencing Program (MGSP) PI's meeting in San Diego, California, USA. January 9, 2009. [PDF]
Ahmed Moustafa. Computational tools to facilitate the understanding of genome evolution of microalgae and the formation of toxic red tides. Talk at The Fourth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S. in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. October 30, 2007. [PDF]
Genome data offer the potential to clarify long−standing issues in organismal biology. The size and complexity of genome data provides a significant hurdle in realizing this goal. To aid the identification of genes that have originated through endosymbiotic or horizontal gene transfer (EGT and HGT, respectively), we have developed a computer program, PhyloSort, for automated analysis of trees generated by phylogenomics. PhyloSort automates tree topology analysis in a high−throughput fashion. This open−source Java tool allows the user to query the topology of phylogenetic trees to address the most frequently asked question in the field, does a specific gene support the monophyly of specified operational taxonomic units (OTUs)?