Welcome to the Garb Lab

August 2013

Members of the Garb Lab Summer 2013 (from left to right): Rujuta Gadgil, Evelyn Schwager, Kanaka Varun Bhere, Rob Haney, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jessica Garb.

Research in the Garb Lab is broadly aimed at understanding biological evolution, from the molecular level to species diversification, and employs empirical approaches that integrate systematic biology, molecular evolution, genomics and ecology.  We specialize in spiders, one of the most species-rich animal groups, and our current projects largely concern the evolution of genes encoding venom and silk proteins. The direct link between venom and silk genes and their ecological utility make them excellent models for investigating the role of genomic changes in organismal adaptation and lineage diversification.