The Phillips lab works as an integrated team in which scientists with diverse backgrounds work on their own projects and also held each other to implement innovative approaches to solving complex problems.


Phillips Laboratory


Patrick Phillips
Professor, Department of Biology
Associate Vice President for Research

Evolution of complex traits and gene interaction systems. Evolution of sex, aging, behavior, and stress response.



Jennifer Anderson

Evolution of sex and mating systems. Genetic basis of male maintenance within C. elegans populations.



Janna Fierst

Evolution of genetic networks. Influence of epistasis on molecular evolution. Genomics and bioinformatics using next generation sequencing.


Rose ReynoldsRose Reynolds

Evolution of aging and stress response. Mapping of genes responsible for individual variation in longevity. Experimental evolution of stress response in mulitple environments.


John Willis

Molecular genetics of natural variation in stress response. Natural variation in transcription factor binding.



Graduate Students

Heather Archer

Stress and the response to pathogenic bacteria



Bryn Gaertner

Genetic basis of natural variation of thermosensory response in C. elegans. Molecular quantitative genetics and neurophysiology.


Research assistants

Tim Ahearne

Genetic basis for natural variation in longevity. Genomic resources for C. remanei.



Emily Ebel

Genetic basis of sexual conflict and male mating in C. remanei




Anna Beth Crist

Natural soil microcosms for investigating nematode-bacteria interactions.



Sarah M. Mete

Experimental evolution of stress response in C. remanei



Kate Cituarte

Effects of maternal and larval environment on stress response. Influence of laboratory adaptation on stress response.



Chadwick M. Smith

Experimental evolution of stress response. Genetics of male mating ability in C. elegans



Hannah Jarman-Miller

Genetic basis of natural variation in stress response and longevity in C. remanei