Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014: Alex Tice's Biology Faculty Fund (BFF) proposal on developmental expression profiling of sporocarpic amoebae was funded for $800. Congratulations Alex!

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014: 6 more RNAseq projects should be coming of the MiSeq anytime now. In total another 20Gbp! These are exciting new data for the lab! Keep up the good work Seungho!  

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014: Alex's first developmental transcriptomic sequence data (from 9 RNAseq libraries) has arrived! Watch out Shadow (MSU-HPC's supercomputer) here we come! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014: Alex and Seungho's first 13 Illumina libraries have been sent off for sequencing! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014: "Complex patterns of gene fission in the eukaryotic folate biosynthesis pathway" was accepted for publication in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution. This collaborative work was lead by Finlay Maguire in Tom Richards Laboratory at the University of Exeter. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014: Exciting things are happening in the Brown lab! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014: Welcome to the lab Alex Tice! Alex is my new Ph.D. student from Arkansas. He has his MS from the University of Arkansas in Biology. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 3, 2014: In Banff, Canada for Protist 2014, a joint meeting of the International Society of Protistologists and the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology. This should be a great week to meet up with colleagues and hear about new science. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1, 2014: Welcome Seugho Kang! My first of two new PhD students arrived. Seungho comes from Belgium to work on phylogenomics of Amoebozoa. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014: Our paper describing Ptolemeba n. gen. is available online. It can be downloaded here

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 6, 2014: Brown was elected as an Executive Committee Member at Large of the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP). Brown's position is for 5 years ending in 2019. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014: Our lab's research is featured on the home page. Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014: Our lab's first amoebozoan RNAseq libraries are now being sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq platform! This project is supported by the Hunter Henry Family Research Fund, and will be used for an upcoming NSF proposal. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014: A Current Biology dispatch by Finlay Maguire and Thomas Richards on our Pygsuia mitochondria paper is available online here ( 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014: Our Current Biology paper on Pygsuia's mitochondrial related organelle and the BMC Genomics paper on the chlorarachniophyte Lotharella's nucelomorph genome are now online. Follow the links to the papers. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014:
My lab's first completely independent manuscript was accepted for publication in the international Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology! The manuscript was authored by two undergraduate researchers, Pamela Watson and Stephanie Sorrell. In the manuscript we describe the new genus, Ptolemeba, with 2 new species in it P. bulliensis and P. noxubium. The genus is named after Mississippi State University's first bulldog mascot, Ptolemy, with the specific epithet of bulliensis after Bully, the mascot of Mississippi State. We chose this name because the type isolate came from soil collected in between Harned Hall's lecture hall and its annex on our campus. Videos of the new amoebae are available here ( and 

Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014: Our next paper was accepted in BMC Genomics on chlorarachniophyte nucleomorph genome evolution with a emphasis on the phylogenomic position of the secondary endosymbiont. Congratulations Goro Tanifuji (Tsukuba University) on an excellent manuscript!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014: The laboratory was awarded a Henry Family Research Fund in the College of Arts & Sciences initiation grant for our work on amoebozoan phylogenomics. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014: An article that I am on entitled “A mitochondrial sulfur mobilization (SUF) system in the anaerobe Pygsuia” by Stairs et al. was accepted for publication in Current Biology.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

On April 3, 2014: Stephanie Sorrell and Pamela Watson will be presenting poster presentations on their projects, on Thecamoeba and "Ptolemeba" (n. gen.) at the Honor's Undergraduate Research Symposium (HURP) at Griffis Hall at 1PM. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On March 28, 2014: Stephanie Sorrell and Pamela Watson will be presenting poster presentations on their projects, on Thecamoeba and "Ptolemeba" (n. gen.) at the Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURP) at Harned Hall at 10AM. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014: I submitted my lab's first completely independent manuscript to an international journal. Congratulations to my undergraduates, Pamela Watson and Stephanie Sorrell, for a job well done! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014: Check out these three new papers. Two are now in print, in Mol. Biol. Evol. and Genome Biol. Evol., and one is in press in Protist

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 26, 2014: Two of my papers are now in print, one in Mol. Biol. Evol. and one in Genome Biol. Evol., check them out! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014: Our paper on the revision of the order Pellitida of Amoebozoa was accepted in for publication in Protist. This project was lead by my colleague, Dr. Alexander Kudryavtsev, from Saint Petersburg State University.  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 24, 2014: Our paper on mitochondrial genome evolution and phylogenomics of Tsukubamonas globosa in Genome Biology and Evolution is now available online.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014: An article that I am on entitled "Gene-content evolution in discobid mitochondria deduced from the phylogenetic position and complete mitochondrial genome of Tsukubamonas globosa" was accepted for publication in Genome Biology and Evolution.