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==About me==
[[Image:YanivPic.jpg|thumb|right|Me, courtesy of [http://fishbeer.com/ Fishbeer] ]]
[[Image:YanivPic.jpg|thumb|right|Me, courtesy of [http://fishbeer.com/ Fishbeer] ]]
===Brief biographical sketch===
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Born in Jerusalem and raised in metro Detroit, I received my BA from the College of the Atlantic in 2004. While there, I worked with Kevin Flurkey in [http://research.jax.org/faculty/harrison/index.html David Harrison's group] at the [http://www.jax.org/ Jackson Lab], beginning my life as a research scientist. I am now PhD student with Mike Wade ([http://www.bio.indiana.edu/~wadelab/ IU page], [[Wade|OWW page]]) and [http://www.bio.indiana.edu/~moylelab/ Leonie Moyle] in the [http://www.bio.indiana.edu/ department of biology] at [http://iub.edu/ Indiana University]. If all goes according to plan, I will graduate in the summer of 2010!! Here is a current version of my [[Media:BrandvainCV.pdf|Curriculum Vitae]] which shows what I've been up to.
===Research interests===
[http://yanivbrandvain.wordpress.com/ www.yanivbrandvain.wordpress.com]
I am broadly interested in evolution and genetics, as well as development and ecology, and I do not believe that these fields are very distinct from one another. I usually gravitate towards problems involving interactions among individuals, genes, levels of selection, or interactions between genes and the environment. Below, I briefly discuss two topics that I think about often - Genomic imprinting & Coevolution.
====Genomic imprinting====
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Sometimes a gene's expression depends on whether it was inherited maternally or paternally. This phenomenon, known as genomic imprinting, has interested me since my undergraduate research. Why should genes be imprinted? The conflict (or kinship) theory argues that conflicts between mom and dad over resource allocation drive the evolution of genomic imprinting. I have worked a bit on this theory and its implications, but I am also interested in a number of other possible explanations. In addition to theoretical interests, I am  conducting a few controlled crosses to identify imprinted regions of the tomato genome. I think this would be quite exciting, as we only know of a few imprinted genes from a small sample of plant species.
Most, if not all, of the organisms on earth earth exist as complex multi-taxa communities. Some associations, like that of the mitochondria and the nucleus or Buchnera and aphids are quite intimate, while others are more diffuse. I am interested in how relationships between species evolve.
One specific question that I've been looking into is how the inheritance of a symbiont influence the co-evolutionary trajectory of host-symbiont pairs. Looking broadly across the angiosperms, I found that the degree of co-inheritance of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes can predict the number of mitochondrial genes transferred to the nucleus.
===Other interests===
I play both racquetball and squash regularly and basketball less often. I like to drink bourbon and beer and eat most things. I enjoy much music, but old-timey music is the only thing that gets [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgqlkRFtkYU me dancing]. In addition to various Detroit sports, I enjoy watching Chuck, Dexter, and 24. Most of my readings are technical things about ecology, evolution and genetics, but I do also enjoy reading popular science and the history of science.
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#InPrep Brandvain Y, Goodnight CJ and Wade MJ. The inter-genomic covariance of host and pathogen genes: the contributions of vertical and horizontal transmission.
#UnderReview Brandvain Y. Matrisibs, patrisibs, and the evolution of genomic imprinting on autosomes and sex-chromosomes.
#Genetics09 pmid=19448273
#Evolution09 pmid=19154382
#JGeron07 pmid=18000137
#BMCEvolBio07 pmid=17961250
#Science07 pmid=17379800
#AmNat05 pmid=16224688
#Mdibl04 Salinas S, Brandvain Y, Anderson R, Martin J, Preston RL, Kidder III GW and Petersen CW. Reproductive ecology of ''Fundulus heteroclitus'' and ''Fundulus diaphanus'' in a New England watershed. The Bulletin of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory 2004. 43: 115-117. [http://mysbfiles.stonybrook.edu/~ssalinas/papers/Salinas%20et%20al%202004.pdf Link]
===Friends, mentors and collaborators===
*[http://www.bio.indiana.edu/facultyresearch/faculty/wade.html Mike Wade]
*[http://www.bio.indiana.edu/facultyresearch/faculty/moyle.html Leonie Moyle]
*[http://www.eve.ucdavis.edu/gmcoop/ Graham Coop]
*[http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/haig/Home.html David Haig]
*[http://msbarker.com/ Mike Barker]
*[http://fishbeer.com/ Matt Dunn]
===Journals and podcasts===
*Journals [http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0014-3820&site=1 Evolution], [http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/an/current American Naturalist], [http://www.genetics.org/ Genetics], [http://biology.plosjournals.org/ PLoS Biology], [http://www.plosgenetics.org/ PLoS Genetics], [http://www.sciencemag.org/ Science], [http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html Nature], [http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/jeb_enhanced/ Journal of Evolutionary Biology], [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622904/description#description Journal of Theoretical Biology], [http://www.nature.com/hdy/index.html Heredity], [http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/ Molecular Biology and Evolution], [http://www.pnas.org/ PNAS], [http://www.nature.com/nrg/index.html NRG], [http://www.trends.com/tree/default.htm TREE], [http://www.trends.com/tig/ TIG]
*Podcasts [http://www.themoth.org/ The Moth], [http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/ Radiolab], [http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ This American Life], [http://www.cartalk.com/ Car Talk]
*Announcement [[Media:Phadnis_Announcement_-_IGERT.pdf‎|Nitin's Talk Poster]]
===Various forms of help===
*[[OpenWetWare:Welcome|Introductory tutorial]]
*[[Help|OpenWetWare help pages]]
* Yaniv Brandvain, Indiana University, Department of Biology. 1001 E 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47405.
* [[Special:Emailuser/Yaniv Brandvain|Email me through OpenWetWare]] or at ybrandvain via google mail.

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