Ellen O. Martinson

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Assistant Professor

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Email: 
emartinson@unm.edu
Office: 
Castetter Hall 245

Education:
University of Arizona (Biology), PhD, 2012

 
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Research Area(s)

Computational Biology & Genomics,  Evolutionary Biology,  Invertebrate Biology,  Molecular Evolution

Research Interests:

The genomics of symbiotic interactions; extended phenotypes; evolution and function of venom; parasitoid wasps; plant galling wasps.

Profile:

I am interested in the interactions between symbiotic organisms, with a specific focus on how organisms use extended phenotypes to manipulate partner species. Currently, I am focused on the evolution and function of venom in parasitoid wasps and cynipid galling wasps.

Selected Publications:

Martinson EO, Werren JH, Egan SP. 2021 Tissue-specific gene expression shows a cynipid wasp repurposes oak host gene networks to create a complex and novel parasite-specific organ. Molecular Ecology https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16159

Martinson EO*, Mrinalini*, Kelkar Y, Chang C, Werren JH. (2017) The evolution of venom proteins by co-option of single copy genes. Current Biology 27: 2007-13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.05.032