Gavin Conant

  • Program Years: 2000-2004
  • Academic Institution: University of New Mexico
  • Field of Study: Biology
  • Academic Advisor: Andreas Wagner
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2001)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Biology, University of New Mexico, 2004
    B.S. Biology, University of New Mexico, 1998

Current Status

  • Status: Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Research Area: Molecular Evolution/Bioinformatics
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Selected publications:
Taxis, T. M., S. Wolff, S. J. Gregg1, N. O. Minton, C. Zhang, J. Dai, R. D. Schnabel, J. F. Taylor, M. S. Kerley, J. C. Pires, W. R. Lamberson and G. C. Conant. (2015) The players may change but the game remains: network analyses of ruminal microbiomes suggest taxonomic differences mask functional similarity, Nucleic Acids Research, 43: 9600-9612.

Conant, G. C. (2014) Comparative genomics as a time machine: How relative gene dosage and metabolic requirements shaped the time-dependent resolution of yeast polyploidy, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31: 3184-3193.

Dhroso, A., D. Korkin and G. C. Conant. (2014) The yeast protein interaction network has a capacity for self-organization, The FEBS Journal, 281: 3420-3432.

Bekaert, M., P. P. Edger, C. M. Hudson, J. C. Pires, and G. C. Conant, (2012) Metabolic and evolutionary costs of herbivory defense: Systems biology of glucosinolate synthesis, The New Phytologist, 196:596-605.

Casola, C., G. C. Conant and M. W. Hahn, (2012) Very low rate of gene conversion in the yeast genome, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29: 3817-3826.

Pérez-Bercoff, Å., A. McLysaght and G. C. Conant, (2011) Patterns of indirect protein interactions suggest a spatial organization to metabolism, Molecular BioSystems, 7: 3056 - 3064.

Bekaert, M., P. P. Edger, J. C. Pires and G. C. Conant, (2011) Two-phase resolution of polyploidy in the Arabidopsis metabolic network gives rise to relative and absolute dosage constraints, The Plant Cell, 23: 1719-1728.

Evangelisti, A. M. and G. C. Conant, (2010) Non-random survival of gene conversions among yeast ribosomal proteins duplicated through genome doubling, Genome Biology and Evolution, 2:826-834.

Conant, G. C., (2009) Neutral evolution on mammalian protein surfaces, Trends in Genetics, 25: 377-381.

Conant, G. C. and K. H. Wolfe, (2008) Turning a hobby into a job: How duplicated genes find new functions, Nature Reviews Genetics, 9: 938-950.

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., and K. H. Wolfe. (2006) Functional partitioning of yeast co-expression networks after genome duplication, PLoS Biology,4(4): e109.

Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2003) Asymmetric sequence divergence of duplicate genes, Genome Research, 13(9): 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(7-8): 674-682.

Conant, G. C. and A. Wagner, (2003) Convergent evolution of gene circuits, Nature Genetics, 34(3): 264-266.