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Melissa Wilson Sayres

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography

Melissa Wilson Sayres is a computational biologist whose main research interests include sex-biased biology. She studies the evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y in mammals), why mutation rates differ between males and females, and how changes in population history affect the sex chromosomes differently than the non-sex chromosomes. Generally she studies mammals, but is also curious about the sex-biased biology of flies, worms and plants.

Professor Wilson Sayres is also active in public science engagement and outreach. She routinely teaches in K-12 classrooms, and regularly engages the public in discussions about the difference between sex and gender, the importance (or not) of genetic inheritance, and understanding evolution.

She teaches evolution and an introduction to programming for biologists.

Education
  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology - Bioinformatics and Genomics, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.Math. Medical Mathematics, Creighton University
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Research Interests

Sex chromosome evolution and sex-biased mutation; Evolution; Comparative Genomics; Bioinformatics; Pregnancy; Spermatogenesis; Oogenesis.

Research Activity
  • Wilson Sayres,Melissa A*. Characterizing Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Green Anole (ASUF 30006438). ASU FDN(1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015).
  • Wilson Sayres,Melissa A*. Patterns of Evolution Across Vertebrate Sex Determining Genes (ASUF 30006439). ASU FDN(1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015).
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 394Special Topics
BIO 394Special Topics
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
EVO 598Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
EVO 598Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Evolution
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
EVO 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
MCB 591Seminar
MCB 598Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
EVO 598Special Topics
EVO 610Research Areas of Evolution
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Organic Evolution
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 345Organic Evolution
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research