Welcome to the Renner Lab!
The Renner Lab explores evolutionary genetics and genomics, the effects of multi-species interactions on form and function and the evolution of defensive systems.
The central goal of our research is to examine evolutionary patterns and processes that drive functional diversification. We are particularly interested in how multi-species interactions shape diversity at the microevolutionary scale and influence form and function. Our research incorporates applied molecular biology with next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics to study adaptation and functional genomics. We are part of the Evolutionary Biology Program in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University.
Graduate student position available
Student will be a team member in an NSF funded Collaborative Research project: The Genetic Basis, Biosynthetic Pathways and Evolution of Geadephagan Chemical Defense that includes participants from San Diego State University; UC Berkeley; University of Arizona; and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Seeking Graduate Students To Study Evolutionary Genomics
Interested in evolutionary genomics AND multi-species interactions? The Renner Lab is seeking graduate students (Master’s and/or PhD Positions).
2016 International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) meeting a success!
The 2016 ICPS conference was held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England this August 2016. It was a fantastic meeting spanning topics in carnivorous plant systematics, evo-devo, molecular evolution, ecology, biomechanics, and horticulture. We had a chance to visit the famous Kew Herbarium, view a type specimen of Nepenthes rajah, and see some original correspondences with Joseph Hooker. Sir David Attenborough even visited us for a short but glorious moment to receive a painting of Nepenthes attenboroughii! We ended our meeting with a visit to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin. All in all, a great meeting. See you at the next meeting!
Successful first NSF PI meeting completed!
Collaborative research featured on BacterioFiles Podcast!
Our collaborative research (with Kevin Hockett and David Baltrus, U. Arizona) was featured on a recent BacterioFiles Podcast: "Bacteria have repeatedly captured and used the tails of phages to fight each other!" Listen to us talk about the Independent Co-Option of a Tailed Bacteriophage into a Killing Complex in Pseudomonas.
Listen to the podcast here.
Dr. Chelsea Specht visits from UC Berkeley and gives first James Crouch Lecture
Dr. Chelsea Specht (Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley) gives SDSU's first James Crouch Lecture on Monday, May 9th 2016: "PETALOIDY AND POLLINATION: THE EVOLUTION OF FLORAL FORM IN THE ZINGIBERALES." A fantastic mix of phylogeny, molecular evolution, a comparative morphology! We had a chance to visit Torrey Pines State Reserve.
'Spiraling into history: a molecular phylogeny and investigation of biogeographic origins and floral evolution for the genus Costus' wins the 2016 Grady L. Webster Plant Systematics Publication Award!
Way to go team!!! Especially Shayla Salzman who is currently a graduate student at Harvard University! Read the paper here.
'The Bombardier Beetle And Its Crazy Chemical Cannon' research featured on KQED Science's Deep Look
Elliott Kennerson reports on 'The Bombardier Beetle And Its Crazy Chemical Cannon' for KQED Science's Deep Look program. Learn about the bombardier beetle, what we know about it's explosive chemistry, and some of our hypotheses as to how this system may have evolved. Collaborator Dr. Kip Will (UC Berkeley) stars in this video (alongside the bombardier Brachinus)!
'Beetling' in Southern Arizona
Tanya visits with Wendy Moore's lab at the University of Arizona for some 'beetling' in the eastern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountain range for our collaborative NSF project. Our goal was to find some quinone-producing Chlaenius and the bombardier beetle Brachinus. Pictured: Reilly McManus (Moore Lab, U. Arizona) holds up a vial of Chlaenius near the edge of a stream, rimmed with loose rocks. The perfect habitat for these beetles.
Renner Lab featured in Atlas Obscura's carnivorous plant article
The Renner Lab provided content related to carnivorous plants and their digestive fluid for Atlas Obscura's article featuring man-eating plant myths.
Dr. Ulrike Bauer visits the Renner Lab
We were very lucky to have Dr. Ulrike Bauer visit the laboratory the past 10 days to collaborate on a Nepenthes transcriptome project.
'Independent Co-Option Of A Tailed Bacteriophage Into A Killing Complex In Pseudomonas' Manuscript Published!
Collaborative manuscript with University of Arizona (Drs. Kevin Hockett and David Baltrus, School of Plant Sciences) 'Independent Co-option of a Tailed Bacteriophage into a Killing Complex in Pseudomonas' was published in mBio!
Specht Lab Visit at UC Berkeley
Tanya visited Berkeley at the end of April to learn more about probe development/design for NGS and carnivorous plant phylogenetics.
Renner Lab Carnivorous Plant Research Featured In BBC Earth Article
BBC Earth article "Giant Plants that Eat Meat", presented by Cat Adams/BBC Campus, examines pitcher plant morphology, digestive enzymes, and unique associations with mammals. Tanya Renner's research of carnivorous plant digestive enzymes and their similarity to plant defense proteins are featured. Read more
230 North Life Sciences
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4614