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Alex Wong (on leave)

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A., M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Cornell)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3002
Office:Office: 245 Nesbitt Building
Lab: 215 Nesbitt Building
Website:Visit my lab website


My research focuses on the genetics of adaptation. I am particularly interested in investigating the consequences of genetic interactions (epistasis) for rates and patterns of molecular evolution, and in understanding the potentially non-adaptive consequences of natural selection. The lab uses a variety of approaches to address these questions, including microbial experimental evolution, next-generation sequencing, and inference of historical evolutionary processes from comparative genomic and molecular population genetic data.

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Selected Publications

Carroll AC, Wong A. 2018. Plasmid persistence: Costs, benefits, and the plasmid paradox. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 64: 293-304.

Basra P, Alsaadi A, Bernal-Astrain G, O’Sullivan LM, Hazlett B, Clarke LM, Schoenrock A, Pitre S, Wong A. 2018. Fitness tradeoffs of antibiotic resistance in extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli. Genome Biology and Evolution 10: 667-679.

Low A, Rodrigue N, Wong A. 2017. COMPASS: COMPletely Arbitrary Sequence Simulator. Bioinformatics 33: 3101-3103.

Wong A. 2017. Epistatic interactions of antimicrobial resistance mutations. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 246.

Schoenrock A, Burnside D, Moteshareie H, Pitre S, Green JR, Golshani A, Dehne F, Wong A. 2017. Evolution of protein-protein interaction networks in yeast. PLoS One 12: e0171920.

McMahon T, Blais B, Wong A, Carrillo C. 2017. Multiplexed Single Intact Cell Droplet Digital PCR (MuSIC ddPCR) Method for Specific detection of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) in food enrichment cultures. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:332.

Huus KE, Joseph J, Zhang L, Wong A, Aaron SD, Mah T-F, Sad S. 2016. Clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from chronically infected cystic fibrosis patients fail to activate the inflammasome during both stable infection and pulmonary exacerbation. J Immunol 196: 3097-108.

Kapopolou A, Mathew L, Wong A, Trono D, Jensen JD. 2016. The evolution of gene expression and binding specificity of the largest transcription factor family in primates. Evolution 70: 167-80.

Wong A and Seguin K. 2015. Effects of genotype on rates of substitution during experimental evolution. Evolution 69: 1772-85.

Mahajan S, Crisci J, Wong A, Akbarian S, Foll M, Jensen JD. 2015. Inferring selection from epigenetic data. Frontiers in Genetics 6:190.

Melnyk A, Wong A, Kassen R. 2015. The fitness costs of antibiotic resistance mutations. Evolutionary Applications 8: 273-283.