B.S. Biology summa cum laude, 1998, The University of New Mexico. Thesis title: “Effects of nucleotide composition bias on the success of the parsimony criterion in phylogenetic inference.” Advisor: Prof. Paul Lewis
Ph. D. Biology, with distinction, 2004, The University of New Mexico. Dissertation title: “Functional divergence at the molecular level: Robustness, asymmetry, and convergence.” Advisor: Prof. Andreas Wagner.
September 2008-present:Assistant Professor, Division of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri.
January 2005-July 2008: Post-doctoral fellow, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Supervisor: Prof. Kenneth Wolfe.
June-Dec. 2004: Post-doctoral fellow, Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Peter Stadler.
Conant, G. C. and K. H. Wolfe, (2008) Probabilistic cross-species inference of orthologous genomic regions created by whole-genome duplication in yeast, Genetics, 179: 1681-1692.
Powell, A. J., G. C. Conant, D. E. Brown, I. Carbone and R. A. Dean, (2008) Altered patterns of gene duplication and differential gene gain and loss in fungal pathogens, BMC Genomics, 9: 147.
Conant, G. C. and K. H. Wolfe, (2008) GenomeVx: Simple web-based creation of editable circular chromosome maps, Bioinformatics, 24: 861-862.
Conant, G. C. and K. H. Wolfe, (2007) Increased glycolytic flux as an outcome of whole-genome duplication in yeast, Molecular Systems Biology, 3: 129.
Scannell, D. R., A. C. Frank, G. C. Conant, K. P. Byrne, M. Woolfit and K. H. Wolfe, (2007) Independent sorting-out of thousands of duplicated gene pairs in two yeast species descended from a whole-genome duplication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 104: 8397-8402.
Conant, G. C., G. P. Wagner, and P. F. Stadler, (2007) Modeling amino acid substitution patterns in orthologous and paralogous genes, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 42: 298-307.
Conant, G. C. and K. H. Wolfe, (2006) Functional partitioning of yeast co-expression networks after genome duplication, PLoS Biology, 4:e109.
Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2005) The rarity of gene shuffling in conserved genes, Genome Biology, 6:R50.
Babu, S. R., G. C. Conant, E. Eller, C. M. Roberts, K. Gowan, G. S. Eisenbarth, P. R. Fain, and P. Vardi, (2004) A second-generation genome screen for linkage to Type 1 diabetes in a Bedouin Arab family, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences,1037: 157-160.
Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2004) A fast algorithm for determining the best combination of local alignments to a query sequence, BMC Bioinformatics, 5: 62.
Hahn, M. W., G. C. Conant, and A. Wagner, (2004) Molecular evolution in large genetic networks: Does connectivity equal constraint? Journal of Molecular Evolution, 58: 203-211.
Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2004) Duplicate genes and robustness to transient gene knockouts in Caenorhabditis elegans, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences, 271: 89-96.
Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2003) Asymmetric sequence divergence of duplicate genes, Genome Research, 13: 2052-2058.
Conant, G. C., S. J. Plimpton, W. Old, A. Wagner, P. R. Fain, T. R. Pacheco, and G. Heffelfinger. (2003). Parallel Genehunter: Implementation of a linkage analysis package for distributed-memory architectures, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing,63: 674-682.
Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2003) Convergent evolution of gene circuits, Nature Genetics, 34: 264-266.
Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner. (2002) GenomeHistory: A software tool and its application to fully sequenced genomes, Nucleic Acids Research, 30: 3378-3386.
Conant, G. C. and P. O. Lewis. (2001) Effects of nucleotide composition bias on the success of the parsimony criterion in phylogenetic inference, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 18: 1024-1033.
Funding and awards
Department of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowship (2000-2004). Included research practicum at Sandia National Laboratories (Alb.), Summer 2002.
Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center, Research Assistant (1998-2000)
Phi Beta Kappa, The University of New Mexico, 1998
“Implications of whole-genome duplication on the ecological niche of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” Biological Networks III: Modularity
and Genome Evolution, Bertinoro Italy, 2006
“Modeling gene order evolution after a genome duplication in yeast.” Department of Plant Systems Biology, Ghent University, 2006