McGrath and Lu lab receive R21 to develop SWADE

Successfully building on their IBNIAB seed grant, the Lu and McGrath lab have received an R21 from the National Institute of Aging to develop  SWADE (for selection of weak alleles using directed evolution) as a novel approach to select multigenic changes to any trait of choice. Development of this approach could revolutionize how forward genetics is done in the lab to identify new genes that regulate biological traits and also identify non-additive interactions. SWADE harnesses the power of evolution to select for phenotypes with small effect. Selection is provided for by using microfluidic-based sorting of thousands of worms based upon a fluorescent marker.

McGrath and Lu lab receive IBB seed grant to develop novel directed evolution approaches

Hang Lu (professor in ibb-logoChemical and Molecular Engineering) and Patrick McGrath have received an IBB seed grant to develop directed evolution approaches to evolve new traits of interest. As proof of principal, they will evolve extensions to lifespan using microfluidics/automated fluorescent microscopy pioneered by the Lu lab. Causative mutations will be identified using next-generation sequencing and quantitative genetics approaches. This seed grand provides $100,000 of support over two years.



Patrick awarded Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award

EMFPatrick was awarded this grant from the EMF to study how complex genetics can influence the aging process in the small nematode C. elegans. In humans, lifespan is a heritable trait, meaning that differences in our genes influence how fast we age. The McGrath lab plans to identify new signaling pathways controlling aging by harnessing directed evolution to evolve multigenic changes to C. elegans lifespan. This grant provides $400,000 of support over 4 years.