Kristen Amick

Webb-croppedDepartment: Biology
Teaching: Investigative Approaches in Biology, Intro to Bioinformatics
Research: Bioinformatics, Comparative Genomics, Veterinary Forensics
Degrees: B.S., Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Ph.D., The George Washington University

Contact Info

Phone: (814) 332-3369
Website: Click here

Office Info

Office Location: Steffee Hall B.222
Office Hours:  On sabbatical leave academic year 2017-2018

Research Interests

My research is in the fields of Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics. I use DNA sequences of genes, non-coding regions, and entire genomes to study the relationships between populations of organisms and to understand how these populations have changed over time.  Data collection involves traditional molecular biology wet-lab bench work while the analysis is entirely computational.

Specifically, I am interested in understanding how the actions of humans have shaped the evolution of various organisms. Current projects in my lab include 1) using DNA to better understand the relationships of domestic dog breeds including estimating the timing and location of early diversification events, 2) using mitochondrial DNA to look at the population structure of dogs and cats from different geographic areas towards building a database of sequence variants (haplotypes) for forensic use, and 3) using DNA sequences to study population structure of carp at the Pymatuning spillway relative to other areas of Pymatuning Lake.