The King laboratory uses molecular and comparative genomic approaches to reconstruct the origin and evolution of animals. To this end, we have developed choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, into genome-enabled and experimentally-tractable organisms for investigating the unicellular ancestry of animals. Our research (see research and publications) has revealed the unicellular ancestry of many key aspects of animal genomes and cell biology.
November 2014: We're moving into newly renovated space at Berkeley. Very excited!
Quanta Magazine (2014) Where Animals Come From
Not Exactly Rocket Science (2012): Bacteria transform the closest living relatives of animals from single cells into colonies
Science (2012): Multicellularity Driven by Bacteria
NY Times (2010): In a Single-Cell Predator, Clues to the Animal Kingdom’s Birth
Science — Origins blog (2009): Genomes Light Up Road to Animals
New Scientist (2009): Sponge larvae: Your unlikely ancestors
Pharyngula (2008): The choanoflagellate genome and metazoan evolution
Lab contact information:
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
142 Life Sciences Addition # 3200
Berkeley, CA 94720-3200