Welcome to the web page for Maitreya Dunham's lab. We study genome evolution and copy number variation in yeast using experimental evolution in the chemostat (pictured below) and comparative genomics approaches. We also use yeast as a platform to study the consequences of human genetic variation.
The lab is located in the Department of Genome Sciences at University of Washington in lovely Seattle. I was previously a Lewis-Sigler Fellow at Princeton University in the Lewis-Sigler Institute.
The Dunham lab is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Howard Hughes Medican Institute and by a gift from Karl Handelsman. Members of the lab are supported by the UW Genome Training Grant. The Dunham lab is part of the Yeast Resource Center, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, and the Pharmacogenomics Research Network. I was a Rita Allen Scholar and a Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar, and am currently a CIFAR Fellow and an HHMI Faculty Scholar.
I'd like to thank the Rita Allen Foundation, March of Dimes, Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Award, the Royalty Research Fund, the Ruth Kirschstein Fellowship, the UW Aging Training Grant, the Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Cancer, and the UW Commercialization Gap Fund for prior support.