Robert Drew

Associate Professor

Biology

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Science & Engineering 328B

Education

1994Purdue UniversityB.S. in Biology
1997Washington State UniversityM.S. in Biology
2006Washington State UniversityPh.D in Biology

Teaching

  • General Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Biology of Populations

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Introduction to the science of heredity. The lectures present an integrated concept of the gene provided from the study of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Selected topics in quantitative inheritance and human genetics are included.

Content, organization, function, and evolution of whole genomes. The course examines familiar genetics concepts (e.g. inheritance, transcription, and translation) from the perspective of the entire genome. Students learn about recent advances in genome research, potential impacts on society, and case studies drawn from medicine, evolutionary biology, agriculture, and bioterrorism.

Content, organization, function, and evolution of whole genomes. The course examines familiar genetics concepts (e.g. inheritance, transcription, and translation) from the perspective of the entire genome. Students learn about recent advances in genome research, potential impacts on society, and case studies drawn from medicine, evolutionary biology, agriculture, and bioterrorism.

Introduction to study in the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. This course is designed to increase student success at college. The overall goal of the course is to facilitate a smooth transition to college life by engaging students in a structured curriculum of academic and life skills enhancement while, at the same time, encouraging the development of enduring relationships between students, faculty and advisors, and classmates. To accomplish this goal, the content of the class includes: locating and utilizing campus resources, the importance of co-curricular activity on campus, goal setting and time management skills, writing skills, test preparation and taking skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and career and major/minor exploration.

Research

Research Activities

  • Genomic analysis of symbioses between clownfish and sea anemones
  • Quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of growth under stress in rainbow trout
  • Investigation of plant root competition using DNA markers

Research

Research Interests

  • Genomic and quantitative genetic approaches to investigate adaptations in fish
  • Fish domestication
  • Physiological and genetic changes underlying domestication

Select publications

Drew RE, Settles ML, Churchill EJ, Williams SM, Balli S, & Robison BD (2012).
Brain transcriptome variation among behaviorally distinct strains of zebrafish (Danio rerio)
BMC Genomics, 13, 323.

Oswald ME, Drew RE, Racine M, Murdoch GK, & Robison BD (2012).
Is behavioral variation along the bold-shy continuum associated with variation in the stress axis in zebrafish?
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 85, 718-728.

Kanuga MK, Drew RE, Wilson-Leedy JG, & Ingermann RL (2012).
Subpopulation distribution of motile sperm relative to activation medium in steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Theriogenology, 77, 916-925.

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