Nov 07, 2015

INBRE conference 2015 (Nov. 6-7, 2015)

The Evans lab was well represented at the 2015 Arkansas INBRE conference here in Fayetteville, as LaFreda, Logan, Marie, Haley, Gina, and Trent all presented posters on their research projects. Haley took home an Honorable Mention in the Biological Sciences poster competition. Nice job everyone!

Nov 04, 2015

Brown et al in the November 2015 issue of G3

Our paper describing the role of Slit-Robo1 interactions in midline repulsion has been published in the November 2015 issue of G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.

Sep 29, 2015

CSHL meeting 2015 (Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2015)

Logan, LaFreda, Haley, and Tim traveled to Cold Spring Harbor, NY for the 2015 CSHL meeting on the Neurobiology of Drosophila.

Sep 10, 2015

Slit Binding via the Ig1 Domain Is Essential for Midline Repulsion by Drosophila Robo1

Haley, Marie, and Tim published a paper today describing the functional importance of the Slit binding Ig1 domain for midline repulsion by the Drosophila Robo1 receptor. Check it out online at G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics!

Aug 25, 2015

Welcome Abigail!

We are pleased to welcome undergraduate researcher Abigail Carranza as the newest member of the lab. Abigail will be examining the role of ligand-receptor interactions in Robo3-dependent axon guidance events in Drosophila.

Aug 05, 2015

Pan-Am Evo Devo and International Tribolium meetings (Aug. 5-9, 2015)

Tim and Logan traveled to the Inaugural 2015 meeting of the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, and the 2015 International Tribolium Meeting, both held at the University of California, Berkeley. CRISPR and transcriptome profiling were the techniques de rigueur, providing a modern approach to Evo-Devo in a wide array of interesting critters. Tim's presentation on methods for examining nerve cord development in beetle embryos is available on the lab protocols page.

Jul 17, 2015

Robo2 acts in trans to inhibit Slit-Robo1 repulsion in pre-crossing commissural axons

Tim and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania published a paper today describing the complex role of the Drosophila Robo2 receptor in regulating midline crossing of axons in the fly embryonic CNS. Check it out at eLife!

Jul 10, 2015

Welcome Trent!

Undergraduate researcher Trent Daiber has joined the lab for the second half of the Summer 2015 session. Trent will be examining the evolution of axon guidance receptor activities in insects and other animals.

Jul 07, 2015

ABI research grant

The Evans lab has received a research grant from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute to develop a CRISPR/Cas9-based gene modification approach to studying axon guidance mechanisms in Drosophila.

May 26, 2015

Welcome Gina and Alex!

Undergraduate researchers Gina Hauptman and Alex Stringer have joined the lab for the Summer 2015 academic term. Gina and Alex will spend the summer investigating the DNA regulatory regions that control transcription of axon guidance genes in Drosophila embryos.

Mar 20, 2015


Today was the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NWARSEF). Students in grades 5-12 came from across the region to the U of A campus here in Fayetteville to present their science projects.  A day full of awesome science from the future scientists and engineers of Northwest Arkansas!

Mar 13, 2015

Tim's seminar at KSU

Tim navigated the burning prairies of northeastern Kansas to deliver an invited seminar at Kansas State University, and spent some time visiting with the good folks in the Division of Biology.  Special thanks to Katsura Asano for the invitation, and to Sue Brown and Jim Guikema for hosting an excellent pizza party!