Kidd Lab

January PIBS rotation students Mashiat Rabbani and Christa Ventresca join the lab.  Welcome!



December Our collaborative study on L1 insertions that are missed by short read sequencing technologies and biases in single cell whole genome amplification appears in Nucleic Acids Research. Congratulations to all!

October Our paper on high throughput tracking of HIV expression appears in PloS Pathogens.  Congratulations to David Read, Edmond Atindaana, and all co-authors!  

September Master’s Degree student Andie Veach and PIBS rotation student Matt Blacksmith join the lab.  Welcome!

August  Jeff is appointed as a Senior Fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows.

May  Jeff and Laura attend the 10th International Conference on Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics in Bern, Switzerland.

April  Laura Kirby joins Kidd Lab as a Michigan Life Sciences Fellow!

March  Kidd Lab and collaborators celebrates Pi Day 2019!

March  Our paper on the evolutionary history of the ERV-Fc sublineage within canids is published! Congrats to Julia, Amanda, and our other collaborators!

January  Feichen defends his dissertation.  Congratulations Dr. Shen!

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October Lab holds a going away party for Amanda, including special lab alumni guests!


September Jeff is promoted to associate professor and receives the Dean’s Basic Science Research Award

July  Jeff receives the Basic Science Teaching Award in Human Genetics

February  Lab celebrates the year of the dog!


December   Jeff is interviewed about canine research and ancient DNA on Michigan Radio

October  Lab pumpkin carving party!

August The lab attempts to observe the solar eclipse!

July Paper on ancient European dog genomes comes out!   This work is highlighted in several places including the Washington Post and UM Health Labs

May  Amanda and Jeff attend the dog and cat genomics meeting in Minneapolis

May Shiya and Veronica graduate!  Congrats!

April Amanda wins poster award.  Congrats!

March Kidd Lab celebrates Pi Day!

January Kidd Lab celebrates Ann Arbor Restaurant Week!

January Sen Gao joins the lab as a new postdoc and Anna Cheong joins as an undergraduate researcher.  Welcome!

September Kidd Lab members attend the ASHG Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

September Welcome to Masters Student Veronica Behrens and PIBS Rotation Student Kevin Hu!

August Angela leaves the lab to begin graduate school at Arizona State University.  Best of luck!

August: Our paper on variation among Chimpanzee Y chromosomes is published.  Congrats!

July Shiya defends her dissertation.  Congratulations Dr. Song!

June Lauren joins the lab.  Welcome!

June Bridget leaves the lab to begin medical school.  Best of luck!

June Kidd Lab attends the annual Human Genetics Department Picnic

April Axel Martin joins the lab!

March Our paper with the Coffin Lab on discovery and analysis of novel human endogenous retroviruses (HERV-Ks) is published in PNAS.  The paper is also highlighted by a press release and a commentary by Jack Lenz

March Kidd Lab celebrates Pi Day with a Michigan Cherry Pie!

January  Welcome to PIBS rotation students Shengcheng Dong and Torrin McDonald!

June Shiya, Jeff, and collaborators attend canine genomics meeting in Beijing.



December Congratualtions to Julia on her new position at Bowling Green State University!  We are all sad to see you leave, but wish you much success in your new position.   Jolly Pumpkin will not be the same again.

December Mills and Kidd Lab Holiday Party!  We had fun ice skating at Veterans Park and enjoyed a meal at Mediterrano

October Our paper on assembly and characterization of polymorphic Alus is published!

October Feichen, Matt, and Jeff attend the ASHG annual meeting in Baltimore

October Jeff is selected to serve on the ASHG Program Committee

October Kidd Lab contributes to the final phase of the 1000 Genomes Project, providing a global reference for human genetic variation.  Lab members also contribute to the validation of structural variants.

September David Read joins the lab in collaboration with Alice Telesnitsky.  Welcome!

September  Li Guan joins the lab as a rotation student.  Welcome!

September Angela Taravella joins the lab as a research assistant.  Welcome!

December Our paper on genetic load in humans is published!  Congrats to Brenna Henn, Laura Botigue, Stephan Peischl and all who contributed.  This work was also featured in a perspective by Rajiv McCoy and Joshua Akey.

November Our paper with Laurie Stevison, August Woerner, Joanna  Kelley, Krishna Veeramah and colleagues on the recombination rate landscape across great apes is published!

September Kidd Lab and guests survive trip to Cedar Point.

July Shiya and Julia present at the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution in Vienna, Austria.  The meeting is held in the historic Hofburg Palace.

June Julia and Amanda present at the International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Disease in Cambridge, UK and meet old and new collaborators!

May Julia Wildschutte receives an F32 NRSA fellowship to characterize canine transposable elements!

May Kidd Lab is part of Michigan team funded to explore the role of somatic mutation in schizophrenia

April Bridget Myers joins the lab as a research assistant.  Welcome!

March  Kidd Lab hosts inaugural Tuesday Tea Time at Two

February  Ice fishing outing!

January Julia presents preliminary findings on Canine mobile elements at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference


December Our collaborative paper on Gorilla demographic history and natural selection is published!

November Welcome to Amanda Pendleton, who joins us as a postdoc!

October Our collaborative paper on nuclear mitochondria insertions with the Mills Lab is published!

October Welcome to Matthew Oetjens, who joins us as a postdoc!

September Rotation student Owen Funk starts in the lab

July Shiya Song is selected to present her research at the first annual Midwest Population Genetics Conference.

June Welcome to undergraduate researcher Alayna Baron!

April Our paper on South African genomic and metagenomic diversity with Brenna Henn and Tom Sharpton is published in BMC Genomics!

April Feichen Shen joins the Kidd Lab!

January Welcome to PIBS rotation student Zhengting Zou!


October Welcome to UROP researcher Nikki Diroff!

August Poznik et al paper using genome sequencing to clarify human Y-chromosome history is published and highlighted by UMHS News and Science

July  Jeff is named as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

July Kidd Lab and guests attend the Human Genetics Annual Picnic and win a round of the tug-of-war competition! Sincere appreciation to Mills Lab for support.

July PIBS student Feichen Shen joins as a rotation student.  Welcome!

July Paper on great ape genome diversity and history is published, including contributions from the Kidd Lab and many other collaborators.

April Sarah Emery joins the lab!

April Post Doc Julia Wildschutte joins the lab! 

April Bioinformatics Ph.D. student Shiya Song joins the lab! 

Janary The Henn Lab at Stony Brook opens! Congratulations to our collaborator Brenna Henn!

January Shiya Song joins the lab as a rotation student. Welcome!


December Kidd Lab goes ice skating!

November Kidd Lab is featured in the fall issue of Medicine at Michigan.

September Brittany Nelson and Sai Chen join as rotation students. Welcome!

June Stefan Sirakov joins the lab to perform undergraduate research. Welcome!

April Ela Sliwerska joins the Kidd Lab. Welcome!

March  Alex Smith joins the Kidd Lab as a rotation student. Welcome!

March  Dorina Twigg joins the Kidd Lab. Welcome!

Janaury Kidd Lab is featured in Forbes Magazine 

Janaury 4 the Kidd Lab is established at the University of Michigan!