Welcome to the Whitehead Lab at UC Davis. Dr. Whitehead is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Toxicology Department, a member of the Center for Population Biology, and a member of multiple graduate groups including the Population Biology Graduate Group, the Graduate Group in Ecology, the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group, and the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group, and the new Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute. The lab moved moved from LSU to UC Davis in 2012.
Broadly speaking, activities in the Whitehead lab revolve around Environmental, Ecological, and Evolutionary Genomics research. These lines of research seek to understand how genomes integrate cues from, respond to, and are shaped by the external environment. We examine genomic responses to stress that occur over physiological timescales (acclimation responses) and over evolutionary timescales (adaptive responses). Many complementary approaches are integrated into our program, including genome expression profiling, population genetics/genomics and phylogenetics, and physiology, to study how individuals and species respond to and adapt to environmental stress. Stressors of interest include those that are natural (temperature, salinity) or of human origin (pollutants, climate change). We have both a basic science angle to our research program, and also an applied angle that leverages genomic information to diagnose and solve environmental problems.