Audra Joins the Singh Lab!

Audra McClure-Begley moved to Eugene from Boulder, Colorado in April 2020, right at the beginning of the COVID19 lockdown.  While in CO she worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado-Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, as well as earning both her BS in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology and MS in Data Analytics. When not working, Audra loves nothing more than the natural world and prides herself in her ability to see beauty in all kinds: from the plants and ants to the quails and whales, and everything in between! She spends her free time gardening, exploring the outdoors, spending time with her many rescued animals (pictured with her chicken Agnes), traveling, and has a secret love for adrenaline adventures. 

Audra is currently pursuing a secondary master’s in science management and leadership from Webster University and is looking forward to applying her programming and statistical data analysis skills to the biology side of science.

Hellos and Goodbyes in 2019…

Fall 2019 brought two new faces to our laboratory: Dr. Amanda Bonner earned her Ph.D. from Scott Hawley’s Lab at the Stower’s Institute for Medical Research. She joins us as a Post-doctoral researcher. In addition, Lukas MacMillen, a Junior in the Department of Biology is our new undergraduate researcher. Welcome to them both!

We are sad to say good-bye to our two exceptional Research Assistants, Josh Coleman and Tahmineh Esfandani who both left us in the month of December. Josh is currently training for a Clinical Laboratory Science career with plans to move to Texas in the Summer of 2020 for his clinical rotation. Along with her husband and son, Tahmineh has moved to College Park, Texas where she is a Senior Research Associate in the Blackmon Laboratory at Texas A&M. Although we miss them both, we wish them the best of luck as they each pursue their new lives in the longhorn state.

Welcome to our New Graduate Students:

Sophia and Sabrina (left to right) in Singh Lab

The Singh lab is super excited to welcome Sabrina and Sophia!

“Sabrina Mostoufi joined the Singh lab in June of 2019 as a doctoral graduate student. Before attending the University of Oregon, Sabrina received her B.Sc. in Biology from Pacific Union College with an emphasis in genetics. Her research focuses on the host-microbe relationship between Drosophila melanogaster and Wolbachia pipientis, specifically how these interactions affect recombination rate. Outside of the lab, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her cats, skiing, and finding the best kombucha Oregon has to offer.”

“Before coming to Oregon, Sophia graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in biology and a minor in English literature. She is interested in identifying genetic determinants of recombination rate variation and studying the consequences of this variation for evolutionary processes, particularly for divergence and speciation. To help answer these questions, she plans to use a variety of approaches –genomic analysis, experiments, and simulations. Outside of work, you can probably find her running on the trails in beautiful Oregon.”