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


Phillips Laboratory

Principle Investigator

Patrick Phillips
Philip H. Knight Chair in Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Biology

Phillips CV

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


Research Associates

Stephen Banse

Role of diet and behavioral choice in generating variability in reproduction and longevity. Dissection of complex metabolic networks in the prediction of late life phenotypes based on diet and metabolic state early in life.

John Willis

Molecular genetics of natural variation in stress response. Evolution of miRNAs and their targets. Natural variation in transcription factor binding.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Anastasia Teterina

Population genomics. Genetics and evolution of the genotype-phenotype map.



Gavin Woodruff

Evolution of developmental systems. Developmental biology and biogeographic variation in C.sp. 34.



Graduate Students

Heather Archer

The genetic basis of natural variation for starvation response.



P. Alex De Verteuil

Late life and transgenerational effects of early life stress and compound interventions. Genetic pathways influencing stress and aging.



Katja Kasimatis

Evolution of sexual conflict. Sperm and seminal fluid proteomics.



Zach Stevenson

Dynamics of evolutionary lineages under experimental evolution. Genomic technology.



Lab Manager

Anna Coleman-Hulbert

Influence of natural genetic variation on the response to compounds that extend life- and health-span.



Research Assistants

Erik Johnson

Influence of natural genetic variation on the response to compounds that extend life- and health-span.



Grace Jones

Director of CITP Data Coordination Center. Statistical patterns of mortality rate variation.



Kristin Robinson

Microfluidic approaches to studying aging, stress response and biodemography.



Megan Schauwecker

Molecular characterization of the genetic networks influencing natural variation in stress response; genome engineering.



Erik Segerdell

Informatics manager. Analysis of single-cell gene expression. Systems aging.



Christine Sedore

Influence of natural genetic variation on the response to compounds that extend life- and health-span.




Paula Berry

Genetic manipulation of dosage compensation mechanisms.



Brennan Jamison

Genomic engineering via CRISPR




Ruben Lancaster

Experimental evolution of sexual conflict.




Hanna Minns

Evolution of gene expression during speciation.




Academic Positions of Former Lab Members

David Baltrus Ph.D. 2006 Assist Prof School of Plant Science, University of Arizona
Lori Cruze Res Assist 2006 Assist Prof Dept Biology, Wofford College
Suzanne Estes Ph.D. 2002 Assoc Prof Dept Biology, Portland State University
Janna Fierst Postdoc 2014 Assist Prof Dept Biology, University of Alabama
Behzad Germami-Naini M.S. 1997 Assist Prof Sackler School of Grad Biomed Sci, Tufts University
Erika Hersch-Green Ph.D. 2007 Assist Prof Dept Biological Sci, Michigan Tech University
Katrina McGuigan Postdoc 2005 Senior Lecturer School of Biol Sci, Univ. Queensland, Australia
Levi Morran Ph.D. 2009 Assist Prof Dept Biology, Emory University
Stephen Proulx Postdoc 2005 Assoc Prof Dept Ecol Evol & Marine Biol, UC Santa Barbara
Rose Reynolds Postdoc 2012 Assist Prof Dept Biology, William Jewell College
Andrew Stewart M.S. 1997 Assist Prof Biology Dept, Canisius College
Henrique Teotónio Postdoc 2002 Assist Prof Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Julie Thompson Ph.D. 2002 Assoc Prof American Public University