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Billie J. Swalla, M.S./Ph.D.

1999-2018 Biology University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, WA 
Development and Evolution
"Billie Swalla"

Professor Billie J. Swalla is Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories and Professor of Biology at the University of Washington and an expert in Marine Genomics. Professor Swalla began her career at the University of Iowa, working on cartilage and muscle differentiation and limb patterning in chicken embryos with Professor Michael Solursh. A summer taking Embryology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA changed her life and she moved to Postdoctoral studies with Professor William R. Jeffery at the University of Texas at Austin and Bodega Marine Lab at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Swalla is interested in the evolution of chordates and proposed a new hypothesis for a worm-like deuterostome ancestor in 2000, highlighting the importance of studying hemichordates. Her passion is increasing participation and leadership of women and minorities in science and people of all types.

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Fodor ACA, Powers MM, Andrykovich K, et al. (2021) The Degenerate Tale of Ascidian Tails. Integrative and Comparative Biology
Lowe EK, Racioppi C, Peyriéras N, et al. (2020) A cis-regulatory change underlying the motor neuron-specific loss of Ebf expression in immotile tunicate larvae. Evolution & Development. e12364
Luttrell SM, Su YH, Swalla BJ. (2018) Getting a Head with Ptychodera flava Larval Regeneration. The Biological Bulletin. 234: 152-164
Kocot KM, Tassia MG, Halanych KM, et al. (2018) Phylogenomics offers resolution of major tunicate relationships. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Brozovic M, Dantec C, Dardaillon J, et al. (2017) ANISEED 2017: extending the integrated ascidian database to the exploration and evolutionary comparison of genome-scale datasets. Nucleic Acids Research
Racioppi C, Valoroso MC, Coppola U, et al. (2017) Evolutionary loss of melanogenesis in the tunicate Molgula occulta. Evodevo. 8: 11
Tassia MG, Cannon JT, Konikoff CE, et al. (2016) The Global Diversity of Hemichordata. Plos One. 11: e0162564
Luttrell SM, Gotting K, Ross E, et al. (2016) Head Regeneration in Hemichordates Is Not a Strict Recapitulation of Development. Developmental Dynamics : An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Brozovic M, Martin C, Dantec C, et al. (2015) ANISEED 2015: a digital framework for the comparative developmental biology of ascidians. Nucleic Acids Research
Karaiskou A, Swalla BJ, Sasakura Y, et al. (2015) Metamorphosis in solitary ascidians. Genesis (New York, N.Y. : 2000). 53: 34-47
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