T. Ryan Gregory

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Dr. T. Ryan Gregory (born May 16, 1975) is a Canadian evolutionary biologist and genome biologist and a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Gregory completed his B.Sc. (Hons) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1997 and his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and zoology at the University of Guelph in 2002. He then carried out postdoctoral work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (2002–2003) and the Natural History Museum in London, England (2003–2004) before returning to the University of Guelph as a faculty member.

His research focuses primarily on the issue of genome size evolution (the "C-value enigma") in animals and the origins and biological significance of "junk DNA". He created the Animal Genome Size Database in 2001.[2] He is also active in the DNA barcoding initiative spearheaded by his former Ph.D. adviser, Prof. Paul D.N. Hebert at the University of Guelph, with a particular focus on parasites, pathogens, and disease vectors.

Gregory is the author of more than 65 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles with an h-index of 25 according to ISI Web of Science,[3] and edited the book The Evolution of the Genome in 2004. He is Senior Handling Editor of the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach founded by Niles Eldredge.[4] He maintains an active blog, Genomicron,[5] and created Evolver Zone,[6] an online resource for students and educators.

He has been the recipient of several awards including the NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize (2003),[7] a McMaster Alumni Association Arch Award (2005),[8] an American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Prize (2006),[9] the Canadian Society of Zoologists Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award (2007),[10] a University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award for teaching (2008),[11] and the Genetics Society of Canada Robert H. Haynes Young Scientist Award (2010).[12]

In addition to his scientific and educational interests, he has developed BioArt projects using living organisms. His Microbial Art website, which showcases works by a variety of artists and scientists, has been featured in print and online publications in a variety of countries.[13]

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  1. ^ "Faculty profile". University of Guelph. 
  2. ^ "Animal Genome Size Database". 
  3. ^ "Gregory Lab". gregorylab.org/. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Evolution: Education and Outreach, Springer, retrieved 15 July 2013 
  5. ^ "Genomicron". 
  6. ^ "Evolver Zone". 
  7. ^ "Past Winner: 2003 NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize". NSERC. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "The 2005 McMaster Arch Award Recipients". McMaster University. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "U of G Biologist Wins Young Investigator Prize". University of Guelph. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Young Profs Recognized for Research". University of Guelph. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "The grades are in...". University of Guelph. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Prof. Ryan Gregory Receives Young Scientist Award". University of Guelph. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Microbial Art