Molecular evolutionary genetics of amphibians
Phone: (707) 826-3178
Office: Science B 336
- BS, Biology (2004) Oregon State University
- PhD, Zoology (2009) Oregon State University
- Postdoctoral Associate (2012) Cornell University
- Genetics (BIOL340)
- Genetics Lab (BIOL440)
- Cell Biology Lab (BIOL410)
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 genes. 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.
- Tracy, K.E., K.M. Kiemnec-Tyburczy, J.A. DeWoody, G. Parra-Olea and K.R. Zamudio. 2015.
Positive selection drives the evolution of a major histocompatibility complex gene in an
endangered Mexican salamander species complex. Immunogenetics 67: 323-335.
- 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.
Conservation Genetic 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). Chemical Senses 37: 335-346.