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Norm Wickett

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Conservation Scientist, Genomics and Bioinformatics
Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University

nwickett at chicagobotanic dot org

Projects
Analyses of large-scale datasets in diatoms, an essential group of photosynthetic organisms. (2017)

The Wickett lab invites interested undergraduates to apply for an REU in computational bioinformatics and phylogenomics. We are currently investigating the nearly 200 million year history of diatoms, a fascinating group of unicellular organisms that number between 100-200,000 species, and account for around 1/5th of global photosynthesis. Our lab primarily utilizes cutting edge software for...


Analyses of large-scale datasets in diatoms, an essential group of photosynthetic organisms. (2016)

Key words: Evolution, Genetics, Phylogenomics, Next Generation Sequencing


The Wickett lab invites interested undergraduates to apply for an REU in computational bioinformatics and phylogenomics. We are currently investigating the nearly 200 million year history of diatoms, a fascinating group of unicellular organisms that number between 100-200,000 species, and likely account for 1/5th...


Inheritance of Scent (2015)

Our studies of Oenothera harringtonii (Arkansas Valley Evening Primrose) have revealed geographic variation of floral scent compounds despite evidence of high gene flow. Scent variation in O. harringtonii is mainly associated with a single compound, linalool; which is sometimes found in large quantities. We observe geographic variation in floral scent and have identified two primary chemotypes...


Phylogeny and Genomics of Onagraceae (2015)

New genomics-focused techniques have allowed us to generate large volumes of data for both phylogenetic and functional analysis. In particular, the relatively new field of phylogenomics has allowed us to improve the resolution of relationships between related species, with the emphasis on nodes that have been recalcitrant with more traditional techniques. For this project students will be...


Moss Genomics - New techniques for old lineages (2014)

Research in the Wickett lab makes use of high-throughput (next generation) DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to gain insight into how genome and gene-family diversification is related to the evolution of morphological, ecological, and molecular novelty in plants. In particular, we are currently sequencing genomes and transcriptomes to understand how genomic processes such as polyploidy, gene...


Moss genomic research (2013)

Research in the Wickett lab makes use of high-throughput (next generation) DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to gain insight into how genome and gene-family diversification is related to the evolution of morphological, ecological, and molecular novelty in plants. In particular, we are currently sequencing genomes and transcriptomes to understand how genomic processes such as polyploidy, gene...