Breden Lab Members


Dr. Felix Breden
I am a population geneticist interested in behaviour, sexual selection, guppies and human immunogenetics. I moved with my wife, Jamie Scott, from the University of Missouri-Columbia to Simon Fraser University in 1993. I have worked on toads, beetles, cornborers, and mathematical models of the evolution of social behaviour. I now concentrate on opsin evolution and speciation in guppies, and how variability in human immunoglobulin genes can affect susceptibility to autoimmune and infectious diseases, and response to vaccines.
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Ben Sandkam
The technology available to biologists has made huge advances in recent years with respect to knowing what is happening at the level of the genome. I am interested in combining our modern genomic analyses with more traditional behavioral techniques and field work in order to investigate the influence of the environment upon behavior and physiology in guppies. How the lighting environment of an individual fish influences the spectrum used for visual processing is something I am working to decipher both in the lab and in the natural populations of South America. I am also working to shed light upon the mechanism of heritable female preference for males of a particular color and the theory of ‘sensory bias’.
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Kevin Henry
Kevin is co-supervised by Dr. Jamie Scott, of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at SFU. His project compares gene usage and other characteristics of antibodies produced by people with HIV infection, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a systemic autoimmune disease, and healthy controls.
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Past Members

Dr. Corey T. Watson
Corey is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. During his PhD, Corey worked on the genetics and evolution of duplicated and expanded gene families, including projects on human immunoglobulins/T cell receptors and disease, and the duplication and regulation of teleost LWS opsins.
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Dr. Kristen Fay Gorman
Kristen came to the Breden Lab from Suzanne Rutherford's lab at Seattle's the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is pioneering the use of teleost models for genetic analysis and identification of risk factors for idiopathic spinal curvature. During her PhD she concentrated on the curveback mutant in the guppy and wavy in medaka. Kristen is now working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center in Montreal.

Dr. Scott Pavey
During his PhD Scott studied adaptation and diversification of sockeye populations in the Aniachak Caldera in the Aniachak National Park in Alaska.

Dr. Heather Alexander
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Dr. John Taylor
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Dr. Anna Lindholm
Anna Lindholm was a post-doctoral student, supported by NSERC, and shared between the Breden Lab and Jamie Smith's lab at UBC. Anna worked on the highly polymorphic species, Poecilia parae, both in the field, in genetic crosses in Canada and on molecular projects. She then did a second post-doc with Rob Brooks at the University of New South Wales, and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Zoology, University of Zürich.

Martin Brummell
Martin received his M.Sc.from SFU, working on the construction of a partial genetic linkage map for the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), based on microsatellites developed in a related group of fishes, Xiphophorus. He is now a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan.

Roozbeh Ahmadi
Roozbeh graduated with his B.Sc. from SFU and was involved in mapping QTLs responsible for spinal curvature in medaka and guppy. He is now working on a medical degree at the University of British Columbia.

Jennifer Parent
Jennifer joined the Breden lab as a full-time technician, and was a major force behind mapping of genes for spinal curvature in the guppy and medaka.

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