College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology
Jennifer R. Mandel, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
PhD, Vanderbilt University
Phone: (901) 678-5130
Fax: (901) 678-0639
The University of Memphis
Department of Biological Sciences
3774 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152

other links:
laboratory webpage


Research Interests:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Biotechnology Risk Assessment
  • Population Genetics
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
  • Phylogenomics


Our lab has broad interests in ecological and evolutionary genetics/genomics, and we are particularly fascinated by the extraordinary amount of diversity that can be seen not only in natural populations, but also within a single crop species. Our major research goal is to understand the processes and mechanisms that lead to this remarkable genetic, phenotypic, and ecological diversity. Topics of special interest are identifying genetic and genomic changes underlying phenotypic differences and the role of selection acting upon these.


We also have strong interests in preserving biodiversity and understanding the threats and consequences of its loss. Our lab uses population and ecological genetic approaches in both crops and wild relatives to address these questions. Many genetic and genomic tools are readily available and transferable from crops to wild species, and likewise, findings from studies of wild populations, such as traits beneficial for breeding, are transferable to crops.

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