Melissa Wilson Sayres

Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501
IHO Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

Melissa Wilson Sayres is a computational biologist whose main research interests include sex-biased biology. She studies the evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y in mammals), why mutation rates differ between males and females, and how changes in population history affect the sex chromosomes differently than the non-sex chromosomes. Generally she studies mammals, but is also curious about the sex-biased biology of flies, worms and plants.

Professor Wilson Sayres is also active in public science engagement and outreach. She routinely teaches in K-12 classrooms, and regularly engages the public in discussions about the difference between sex and gender, the importance (or not) of genetic inheritance, and understanding evolution.

She teaches evolution and an introduction to programming for biologists.

Education

  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology - Bioinformatics and Genomics, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.Math. Medical Mathematics, Creighton University

Google Scholar

Research Interests

Sex chromosome evolution and sex-biased mutation; Evolution; Comparative Genomics; Bioinformatics; Pregnancy; Spermatogenesis; Oogenesis.

Research Activity

  • Wilson Sayres,Melissa A*. Characterizing Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Green Anole (ASUF 30006438). ASU FDN(1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015).
  • Wilson Sayres,Melissa A*. Patterns of Evolution Across Vertebrate Sex Determining Genes (ASUF 30006439). ASU FDN(1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASM 394 Special Topics
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 498 Pro-Seminar
EVO 598 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
EVO 610 Research Areas of Evolution
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 498 Pro-Seminar
EVO 598 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
EVO 610 Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
EVO 610 Research Areas of Evolution
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 345 Evolution
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
EVO 610 Research Areas of Evolution
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
EVO 591 Seminar
BIO 591 Seminar
MCB 591 Seminar
MCB 598 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
EVO 598 Special Topics
EVO 610 Research Areas of Evolution
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 345 Organic Evolution
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 598 Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 345 Organic Evolution
MBB 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research

Expertise Areas