Biology

John G. Gibbons

John G. Gibbons

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Clark University
15 Maywood St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7129
Email: JGibbons@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Research Lab Website


Professor Gibbons is an evolutionary genomicist. His research aims to shed light on the evolutionary forces and genomic processes underlying phenotypic variation. In particular, Gibbons’ research is focused on understanding (i) how human applied selective pressure has altered the genomes of domesticated microbes and (ii) how large-scale genomic alterations influence the virulence of fungal pathogens.

Education

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 2012
B.S. Keene State College, 2005

Research Interests

Genomics, Evolution, Bioinformatics

Selected Publications

Gibbons, J.G., A. Branco, S. Yu, and B. Lemos. Ribosomal DNA copy number is coupled with gene expression variation and mitochondrial abundance in humans. Nature Communications: In press.

Elmore, M.H.*, J.G. Gibbons*, and A. Rokas (2012). Assessing the genome-wide effect of promoter region tandem repeat natural variation on gene expression. G3 2:1643-1649. (*Equal contributors)

Gibbons, J. G., L. Salichos, J. C. Slot, D. C. Rinker, K. L. McGary, J. G. King, M. A. Klich, D. L. Tabb, W. H. McDonald, and A. Rokas (2012). The evolutionary imprint of domestication on genome variation and function of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus oryzae. Current Biology: 22: 1-7.

Klaassen,C. H. W.*, J. G. Gibbons*, N. D. Fedorova, J. F. Meis, and A. Rokas (2012). Evidence for genetic differentiation and variable recombination rates among Dutch populations of the opportunistic human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Molecular Ecology. 21: 57-70. (*Equal contributors)

Gibbons, J. G., A. Beauvais, R. Beau, K. L. McGary, J.-P. Latge, and A. Rokas (2012). Global transcriptome changes underlying colony growth in the opportunistic human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Eukaryotic Cell. 11: 68-78.

Gibbons, J. G., E. Janson, C. T. Hittinger, M. Johnston, P. Abbot and A. Rokas (2009). Benchmarking next-generation transcriptome sequencing for functional and evolutionary genomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 26: 2731-2744.

Honors and Awards

Graduate Student Research Excellence Award in Biological Sciences. Awarded annually to a graduate student of at least third-year status who has performed outstanding and scholarly research over a sustained period of his/her tenure in the Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University,2011

FEMS Young Scientist Meeting Grant. Awarded to support attendance to the FEMS Biofilms in Nosocomial Fungal Infections Conference in Paris, France,2011

Vanderbilt University Graduate School Travel Award. Awarded to assist in travel to collaborating lab in Paris, France,2010

Gisela Mosig Best Presenter Award. Awarded annually for the best presentation at the Department of Biological Sciences Annual Retreat; Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University,2010

Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellow. National Institute of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH, NIAID: F31AI091343-01),2010-2012

Ann Bernard Martin Award. Awarded annually to a graduate student who demonstrates exceptional promise in research and scholarly activity in the early stages of his/her graduate career; Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University,2009

Biological Sciences Annual Retreat Best Poster Award. Awarded annually for the best poster presentation at the Department of Biological Sciences Annual Retreat; Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University,2008

Keene State College Undergraduate Research Grant. Awarded in support of independent research focused on the population biology of Polygala paucifolia; Keene State College,2005