Dr. Kaczmarczyk earns a much deserved Ph.D. lollipop!

Angela Kaczmarczyk earned her PhD in December 2014! The Patel lab is fortunate to have Dr. Kaczmarczyk's continued expertise in the lab while she hunts for a job in Boston. She will be sorely missed by all when she leaves us.
"Angela is one of the kindest, genuinely eager to help, and capable researchers that I have ever met. There...

Rachel rocks her quals!

Second-year Patel lab PhD student Rachel Thayer advanced to candidacy on Monday (May 4th). She passed with flying colors - structural color, that is. Congratulations, Rachel! Now get back to work.    ...

Rachel attending OWECS 2014 Course

Graduate student Rachel Thayer is attending the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Winter Course "Evolution of Complex Systems".  She gave a short presentation describing her work on structural blue color in Buckeye butterflies.  In addition to hearing from a line-up of top Evo-Devo researchers, she has used the opportunity to examine a few species...

Hox “Monsters” at Bay Area Science Festival

Monsters are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows and stalk our imagination. They terrorize and fascinate us. But what, exactly, are they? Scholars differ on whether the word is derived from the Latin verb monstrare, “to show,” or from monere, “to warn.” Either way, as horror...