Molecular evolutionary genetics,
amphibian natural history and evolution
Phone: (707) 826-3178
Office: Science B 336
- BS, Biology (Minors in Chemistry and Zoology) (2004) Oregon State University
- PhD, Zoology (2009) Oregon State University
- Genetics Lab
- Cell Biology Lab
Summary of research
My research mainly focuses on molecular evolution and evolutionary genetics in natural
populations of amphibians. I am especially interested in the evolution of rapidly evolving
proteins. Two of my recent projects include analyzing protein pheromones used during
salamander courtship and characterizing immune system genes from Central American frogs
exposed to an emerging fungal pathogen.
- Savage, A.E., K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, A.R. Ellison, R.C. Fleischer and K.R. Zamudio. 2014. Conservation and divergence in the frog immunome: pyrosequencing and de novo assembly of immune tissue transcriptomes. Gene 542: 98-108.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M. and K.R. Zamudio. 2013. Novel locus-specific primers for major histocompatibility complex class II alleles from glass frogs developed via genome walking. Cons Genet Resources 5:109-111.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., J.Q. Richmond, A.E. Savage, K.R. Lips, and K.R. Zamudio. 2012. Genetic diversity of MHC class I loci in six non-model frogs is shaped by positive selection and gene duplication. Heredity 109: 146-155.
- Kiemnec-Tyburczy, K.M., S.K. Woodley, R.A. Watts, S.J. Arnold, and L.D. Houck. 2012. Expression of vomeronasal receptors and related signaling molecules in the nasal cavity of a caudate amphibian (Plethodon shermani). Chem Senses 37: 335-346.
- Sapp, J.R. and K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy. 2011. The circular tail-straddling walk of the clouded salamander, Aneides ferreus: a deviation from the highly conserved linear tail-straddling walk of the Plethodontidae. Amphibia-Reptilia 32: 235-243.