Robert Drew

Associate Professor





Science & Engineering 328B


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


  • General Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Biology of Populations





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.

Students with senior standing (or others with consent of the instructor) report on and discuss current biological problems as presented in principle journals, abstracts and reviews. The work of each seminar is usually built upon a single unifying content area.

In-depth study of a specific area in biology, leading to independent research addressing a biological question. Research results will be presented in a professional-style poster at a research symposium. Attendance at biology department seminars is also required.


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 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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