Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Tempe, AZ

Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences; Center for Evolution and Medicine, The Biodesign Institute Arizona State University

Assistant Professor


Published on May 19, 2021

Thank you Crowdfunders!

Hi Everyone,Thank you so much for your supportYou were all featured in an article about the whole crowd-funding process just before COVID-19 hit. It features a huge thank you to all of our wonderfu...

Group 6 Copy 762
Published on Feb 28, 2019

Gila monster genome featured on Arizona PBS

Hi Everyone,We're doing the deep troubleshooting of making sure that what we think we see is actually what we see, in the DNA. We're searching through the haystack of DNA from three males and three...

Group 6 Copy 442
Published on May 11, 2018

Making a genome

Making a new genome is like putting together a meta-puzzle. First, we think about the genome, which in our Gila monster, is not just one long strand of DNA, but many strands of DNA (chromosomes). S...

Group 6 Copy 423
Published on Jan 30, 2017

Arizona's Adorable Monster featured at the Atlantic

Ed Yong wrote about our wonderful monsters for the Atlantic. Read here for more about these awesome critters: is the photo, by Will Burgess/Reuters that accomp...

Group 6 Copy 147
Published on Oct 30, 2016

Collecting blood

Last time we talked about our most important collaborators, the Gila monsters (you can read that here). I'm excited to share some pictures of the blood they've kindly donated to our efforts to lear...

Group 6 Copy 135
Published on Sep 27, 2016

Meet the monsters

What are we collecting? For this project, we are collecting a small blood sample from six Gila monsters. Some of the blood will be used for DNA analysis and some for RNA analysis. After we collect ...

Group 6 Copy 196
Published on Apr 23, 2016

Gila monster genome on Arizona 3TV

Thank you so much to Jason Volentine for his story on the Gila monster genome on Arizona's 3TV news yesterday featuring Dale DeNardo and a little cameo from me!

Group 6 Copy 116
Published on Apr 20, 2016

Monster genome

The Gila monster was featured on this week's Ask a Biologist podcast. You can read the transcript or listen here:

Group 6 Copy 136
Show more updates
Reply to:Bob CattBob Catt
Don't tell @gilamonsterasu, but we're actually looking into how we could do this.
Reply to:David CapassoDavid Capasso
Will do! Working on the next one. The summer is an odd time around here, but planning on more regular updates. Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience!
Reply to:George WilsonGeorge Wilson
We collect a blood sample using a 1mL syringe, from the base of the tail.
I'm glad to know it is helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions you'd like addressed in posts here. :)