Staff Profiles

Jonathan Foox

PhD Student, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education


      2012–2016 PhD, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History

      2007–2012 BA/MS, The George Washington University

  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      I study the evolutionary genomics of Myxozoa, a bizarre assemblage of microscopic, oligocellular, obligate endoparasites of poikilothermic vertebrates such as fish and frogs as well as vermiform invertebrates such as oligochaetes. Despite their parasitic life strategy and extreme morphological degeneracy, myxozoans have been confirmed by recent studies to be highly reduced cnidarians, putatively sister to Medusozoa (e.g., jellyfish, hydras, box jellies). Using newly generated transcriptomic data from several myxozoan species, I am exploring in a comparative framework the genetic transition to parasitism of this lineage, the functional genetics of cnidarian features such as polar capsules (homologous to cnidae) and metazoan features such as cellular communication, and the phylogenetic position of Myxozoa within Cnidaria.

      My research also focuses on computational biological pipelining. Using Python, R, and SQL databasing, I have written several bioinformatic workflows for the handling and interpretation of genomic data, including a software package for phylogenetic analysis and functional annotation of gene family content across a set of user-specified genomes.

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience