Karen E. Sears, Ph.D.

Affiliations: 
1998-2003 Committee on Evolutionary Biology University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
 2007-2017 Animal Biology University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States 
 2017- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 
Area:
Vertebrate evolution, evolution of mammals, evolution and development
Website:
https://searslab.eeb.ucla.edu/
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John J. Flynn grad student 2003 Chicago
 (The role of constraints in the morphological evolution of marsupial shoulder girdles.)
Lee Niswander post-doc 2003-2007 University of Colorado, Denver

Children

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Clive Long Fung Lau grad student UCLA
Daniel J. Urban grad student UIUC
Neal Anthwal post-doc UCLA
Lisa Noelle Cooper post-doc UIUC (Anatomy Tree)
Jennifer A. Maier post-doc UCLA (Microtree)
Alexa Sadier post-doc UCLA
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Sadier A, Davies KT, Yohe LR, et al. (2018) Multifactorial processes underlie parallel opsin loss in neotropical bats. Elife. 7
Cooper LN, Sears KE, Armfield BA, et al. (2017) Review and experimental evaluation of the embryonic development and evolutionary history of flipper development and hyperphalangy in dolphins (Cetacea: Mammalia). Genesis (New York, N.Y. : 2000)
Anthwal N, Urban DJ, Luo ZX, et al. (2017) Meckel's cartilage breakdown offers clues to mammalian middle ear evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1: 93
Anthwal N, Urban DJ, Luo ZX, et al. (2017) Meckel's cartilage breakdown offers clues to mammalian middle ear evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1
Maier JA, Rivas-Astroza M, Deng J, et al. (2017) Transcriptomic insights into the genetic basis of mammalian limb diversity. Bmc Evolutionary Biology. 17: 86
Urban DJ, Anthwal N, Luo ZX, et al. (2017) A new developmental mechanism for the separation of the mammalian middle ear ossicles from the jaw. Proceedings. Biological Sciences. 284
Sorensen D, Sackett A, Urban DJ, et al. (2017) A new mammalian model system for thalidomide teratogenesis: Monodelphis domestica. Reproductive Toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.)
Dowling A, Doroba C, Maier JA, et al. (2016) Cellular and molecular drivers of differential organ growth: insights from the limbs of Monodelphis domestica. Development Genes and Evolution
Sears KE, Capellini TD, Diogo R. (2015) On the serial homology of the pectoral and pelvic girdles of tetrapods. Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution. 69: 2543-55
Sears KE, Maier JA, Rivas-Astroza M, et al. (2015) The Relationship between Gene Network Structure and Expression Variation among Individuals and Species. Plos Genetics. 11: e1005398
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