Maryellen Ruvolo

Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 617-495-3576
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Office: 54B Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave


Molecular evolution of humans and other primates; genetic bases of human-unique adaptations


Recent Publications


Tao S, RV Collura, M Ruvolo, et al., 2006. Genomic and evolutionary analyses of asymmetrically expressed genes in human fetal left and right cerebral cortex. Cerebral Cortex 16: I18-I25 Suppl. 1

Steiper ME, ND Wolfe, WB Karesh, et al., 2006. The phylogenetic and evolutionary history of a novel alpha-globin-type gene in orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), Infection Genetics and Evolution 6 (4): 277-286

Ruvolo MV, KE Mach, WF Burkholder, 2006. Proteolysis of the replication checkpoint protein Sda is necessary for the efficient initiation of sporulation after transient replication stress in Bacillus subtilis. Molecular Microbiology 60 (6): 1490-1508

Mikkelsen TS, LW Hillier, EE Eichler, et al., 2005. Initial sequence of the chimpanzee genome and comparison with the human genome. Nature 437 (7055): 69-87

Steiper ME, ND Wolfe, WB Karesh, et al., 2005. The population genetics of the alpha-2 globin locus of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Journal of Molecular Evolution 60 (3): 400-408


Courses Taught


Anthropology 2312. Current Topics in Human Evolutionary Genetics
Anthropology 2325. Topics in Genetics, Genomics and Evolution
Anthropology 2595ar. Laboratory Methods in Evolutionary Genetics
Anthropology 2595br. Laboratory Methods in Evolutionary Genetics
Anthropology 3320 (formerly *Anthropology 320). Advanced Biological Anthropology: Laboratory and Dissertations
Anthropology 3400. Reading and Research
Anthropology 3600. Current Issues in Biological Anthropology