Evolution and Development of the Vertebrate Skeleton

Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

University of Florida

BP.O. Box 103610

2033 Mowry Rd

Gainesville, FL 32610


This is the research homepage for Dr. Thom Sanger. I am broadly interested in the mechanisms underlying the evolution of vertebrate morphology and patterns of diversity.  More specifically, I am interested in examining the evolution of development within morphologically diverse clades to better understand the cellular and molecular changes associated with adaptation.

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Current Events

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April 2014: New paper is Proceedings of the Royal Society B

I have a new article available online at Proceedings of the Royal Society B  that explores the molecular regulation of sexual dimorphism in Anolis lizards. Rather than testosterone, my analyses show that the evolution of an extreme male-specific trait is correlated with changes in the estrogen pathway.

September 2014: Anole genital development and evolution

Research on Anolis development continues to expand. Two new papers from the Cohn lab published in the journal Sexual Development explore the development of external genitalia in anoles and four other reptiles. Check out all of the papers on the Cohn lab website.

October 2014: Grant submitted!

My Mentored Scientist Career Development Award (NIH K01) was submitted this month. This award is based on my most recent research on mammalian dermal appendages. Exciting times are ahead. Stay tuned!