Gregory Lab, University of Guelph

The Gregory Lab is part of the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Canada. Our primary research area is genome size diversity in animals, but some of our members use bacteria for cloning DNA elements. We began painting with E. coli as part of an exhibit entitled “This View of Life” in honour of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. We have enjoyed experimenting with more and more complex images and agar colours. We’re having great fun with this project, and plan to explore using fungi and chromogenic media to introduce a more colourful aspect to the artwork.

Click here to view our image gallery.

The members of our creative team are:

Dr. T. Ryan Gregory, Associate Professor. Evolutionary biologist specializing in genome evolution, macroevolution, biodiversity, and evolution education.

Joao Lima, PhD candidate. Studying parasitoid wasps in terms of genome size and DNA barcodes.

John Wilson, PhD candidate (Hebert Lab). Working on DNA barcodes of butterflies.

Tyler Elliott, MSc candidate. Studying transposable elements in the crustacean Daphnia.

Paola Pierossi, MSc candidate. Studying genome size diversity in molluscs.

Nick Jeffery, MSc candidate. Studying genome size diversity in crustaceans.

For more information please visit our lab webpage.