Dec 07, 2017

In vivo functional analysis of Drosophila Robo1 fibronectin type III repeats

Haley, Marie, and Tim published a paper today describing our structure-function analysis of all three Fn domains within the Drosophila Robo1 receptor. Check it out online at G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics!

Nov 27, 2017

Tim's seminar at KU

Tim traveled to the University of Kansas to deliver an invited seminar in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. Thanks to Brian Ackley and the folks in the Departments of Molecular Biosciences and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology for a great visit!

Nov 27, 2017

Midline axon guidance in the Drosophila embryonic CNS

LaFreda, Haley, Ben, and Tim wrote a review on midline axon guidance in fly embryos for the journal Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology. Check it out online at SCDB!

Nov 10, 2017

Faculty position in Developmental Genetics at the University of Arkansas

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position in Developmental Genetics at the Assistant Professor level to start in August 2018. Application deadline is Dec. 8, 2017. Details are available at

Oct 27, 2017

Arkansas INBRE conference 2017 (Oct. 27-28, 2017)

Alli and Savanna presented posters at this year's Arkansas INBRE conference, here in Fayetteville. Tim chaired the Biology oral presentation session on Friday, with five excellent talks by undergraduate researchers from institutions across Arkansas.

Jul 24, 2017

Welcome Muna!

CEMB PhD student Muna Abdal-Rhida has joined the Evans lab as our newest graduate student. Muna will be examining the regulation of robo2 transcription during development of the embryonic CNS in Drosophila.

Jun 01, 2017

CRISPR-based gene replacement reveals evolutionarily conserved axon guidance functions of Drosophila Robo3 and Tribolium Robo2/3

The Evans lab published our first CRISPR paper today; we used the technique to compare the axon guidance roles of Drosophila Robo3 and its ortholog from the flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, TcRobo2/3. Check it out at EvoDevo!

May 12, 2017

University of Arkansas graduates Abigail Carranza, Trent Daiber, and Gina Hauptman

Today was an auspicious day for the Evans lab as three of our undergraduates were awarded bachelors degrees in Biology from Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas. Congratulations Abigail, Trent, and Gina!

May 12, 2017

Gina receives Summa Cum Laude Honors from Fulbright College

Gina Hauptman was recognized at the Fulbright College Honors Program Graduation Celebration today. Gina will graduate with Honors at the Summa Cum Laude level from Fulbright College. Congratulations, Gina!

May 11, 2017

Abigail and Gina recognized at BISC undergraduate awards reception

Abigail Carranza and Gina Hauptman were recognized by the Department of Biological Sciences at an undergraduate awards reception today. Abigail has received the Paul and Beth Gaylo Scholarship from BISC, and Gina has received the Fulbright College Presidential Scholarship. Congratulations Abigail and Gina!

Apr 24, 2017

Gina and Haley recognized at State and National Awards reception

Gina Hauptman and Haley Brown were recognized by the University of Arkansas at the 2017 State and National Awards Reception today. Gina was recognized for her First Place finish in the Biology oral presentations at the 2016 INBRE conference, and Haley was recognized for receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention. Well done Gina and Haley!

Apr 06, 2017

Congratulations Gina!

Gina Hauptman successfully defended her Honors Thesis today, titled "The Effect of Enhancer Regions on Expression Patterns of Drosophila robo2." Well done, Gina!

Mar 03, 2017


Today was the 2017 Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NWARSEF), held once again on the University of Arkansas campus here in Fayetteville. Tim and LaFreda served as judges and met the future generation of Arkansas scientists and engineers as they presented their science fair projects. We hope to see all of you again soon as U of A college students!

Jan 17, 2017

Welcome Ben!

CEMB MS student Ben Wadsworth has joined the Evans lab as our newest graduate student. Ben will be examining the evolutionary conservation of midline attractive signaling by the Frazzled axon guidance receptor in insects.