Jeremiah Hackett, Principle Investigator

Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
My research interests are in the areas of genome evolution, the evolution of photosynthesis and the physiology of harmful algae. Part of my research investigates how eukaryotes acquire plastids through endosymbiosis and how this process influences genome evolution through gene transfer. Another main area of research is the ecology and physiology of harmful algae. My lab is using microarrays to determine global gene expression patterns of harmful algae under various growth conditions. These gene expression profiles will be used to determine the factors that lead to harmful algal blooms in the oceans.
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2005 Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Iowa.
1999 B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Academic and Professional Positions
  • 2007-present Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
  • 2005-2006 Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • 2004-2005 Predoctoral Fellow, NIH Institutional NRSA, University of Iowa.
  • 2002-2004 Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa.
  • 2001-2002 Predoctoral Fellow, NIH Institutional NRSA University of Iowa.
  • 1999-2000 Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 1998 NSF REU Summer Student.

Grants and Awards
  • 09/01/07-08/31/10 “En-Gen: Gene expression and harmful algal bloom dynamics.” PI: Hackett. NSF-Biological Oceanography, $995,426.
  • 10/01/07-9/30/09 “A comparative genomic approach to discovering saxitoxin synthesis genes.” PI: Gerry Plumley, Co-PIs Hackett, Bhattacharya and Anderson. NSF Microbial Genome Sequencing Program. $1,064,352.

  • University of Arizona, ECOL 495Z/595Z, The Origin and Evolution of Eukaryotes, 2 cr.
  • University of Arizona, ECOL 345, Biodiversity and the Tree of Life, 3 cr.

Professional activities
  • Member, AAAS, SMBE, ISSHA, Northeast Algal Society.
  • Manuscript reviewer for several journals including BMC Evolutionary Biology, Journal of
  • Molecular Evolution, Molecular Biology and Evolution.
  • Grant proposal reviewer for the NSF and Biotechnology and Biological Research Council of the UK.