Assistant Professor of Biological SciencesAdjunct Assistant Professor of Computer ScienceSimons Foundation Investigator in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems
My research interests are to understand how microbes change over time. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies brought us an avalanche of data: thousands of genomes and terabases of environmental DNA (metagenomes). I mine these data sets to assess the impact of horizontal gene transfer on microbial populations, find new ways to characterize microbial communities, and track down genomic signatures of microbial adaptations.
Caroline E. Whidden, Katrina G. DeZeeuw, Jackie K. Zorz, Andrew P. Joy, David A. Barnett, Milo S. Johnson, Olga Zhaxybayeva, and Amanda M. Cockshutt: “Quantitative and Functional Characterization of the Hyper-Conserved Protein of Prochlorococcus and marine Synechococcus”, PLoS ONE, 2014, 9: e109327.
Olga Zhaxybayeva: "Anciently duplicated genes reduce uncertainty in molecular clock estimates", Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2013, 110:12168-9
Olga Zhaxybayeva, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Nikhil R. Mohan, and R. ThanePapke: "Cell sorting analysis of geographically separated hypersaline environments", Extremophiles, 2013, 17: 265-75.
Douglas A. Campbell, Zakir Hossain, Amanda M. Cockshutt, Olga Zhaxybayeva, Hongyan Wu, and Gang Li "Photosystem II protein clearance and FtsH function in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana", Photosynthesis Research, 2013, 115:43-54.
Olga Zhaxybayeva, et al.: “Genome sequence of the mesophilic Thermotogales bacterium Mesotoga prima MesG1.Ag.4.2 reveals largest Thermotogales genome to-date”, Genome Biology and Evolution, 2012, 4: 700-708.
Andrew S. Lang, Olga Zhaxybayeva, and J. Thomas Beatty: “Gene Transfer Agents: phage-like elements of genetic exchange”, Nature Reviews in Microbiology, 2012, 10: 472-482.
Olga Zhaxybayeva and W. Ford Doolittle: “Lateral Gene Transfer. A Primer”, Current Biology, 2011, 21: R242-6.
Earlier publications are available at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ecglab/pubs.html