New Potentials for the new year (and beyond)

Happy New year!

I just wanted to start out with this first post of the new year to highlight a colleague. Genome Technology‘s recent issue offered 25 young investigators who show great potential to take the genomics research world ‘by storm’ in the next year and years to come.

One of those 25 was Harmit Malik. Harmit is one of those researchers I’ve had a privilege to work with over the years who I’ve been genuinely awed by (there have been others, hi Shamil!). Harmit was a couple years behind me in our Ph.D. studies in the Eickbush lab (I was a bit older Ph.D. student than average, by 6 yrs or so, and he was younger, so I guess that would make him an young investigator ;-)). His work in genomics over the last while has truly been amazing (this Science paper in evolutionary genomics of speciation is particularly fascinating). He’s deserving of the accolades.

His lab’s area of study is described on the lab web page well:

Our genomes are a tenuous conglomerate of different genetic entities, each trying to maximize their own evolutionary success, often at great cost to their genomic neighbors. As expected, this conflict can create problems for the host organism. My lab is interested in evolutionary studies of genetic conflict to gain insight into their mechanisms and consequences. We study genetic conflicts primarily in three systems: Drosophila, primates and yeast. While there are a number of investigative projects that are going on at any given time in the lab, our focus is on three conflicts in particular:

  • centromeres
  • innate and intrinsic immunity against viruses in primates
  • mobile genetic elements in Drosophila.

ore information about each of these projects and the rationale behind them can be found on our “Projects” page.

Check his work out.