Welcome to the homepage for the Ting Lab at the University of Oregon. Our research lies at the intersections of genetics/genomics, evolutionary ecology, and conservation in natural animal populations, with a focus on African primates. While the types of questions we address vary, they are united in combining lab-based methods, fieldwork, and computational approaches to elucidate processes driving diversity, adaptation, and health. Our ultimate goal is to understand factors that affect the well-being of wild populations and to help improve the protection of threatened taxa.

We have a long standing interest in elucidating population history from molecular phylogenetic, phylogeographic, and population genetic approaches. This information in turn has been used to address evolutionary history, the effects of environmental change, and the designation of conservation priorities. We also use genetic data to better understand variation in abundance, demography, and social behavior in elusive animals. More recently, we have turned our attention to primate host-microbe relationships, using transcriptomics and metagenomics to better understand disease susceptibility, host response to infectious disease, and factors that affect the microbiome.

We carry affiliations with the
Institute of Ecology and Evolution and the Department of Anthropology. We also form one half of the University of Oregon Molecular Anthropology Group, which serves as an intellectual home for research, training, and outreach in ecological, evolutionary, and functional genetics/genomics in humans and non-human primates.

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