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Phil Grayson

Ph.D Student

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Harvard University

26 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA02138

Tel : 617-496-8387 (Office)

Fax : 617-495-5667



M.Sc. Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy, University of Winnipeg

B.Sc.H. Biology, University of Winnipeg (Gold Medal)

B.Sc. Biochemisty, University of Winnipeg (Superseded by Honours)





In 2011, I completed my BSc Honours degree in Biology at the University of Winnipeg examining the behavioural ecology of red-winged blackbirds.  I focused primarily on the effect of certain brood characteristics, such as the number, age and hatch-order of nestlings, and the presence or absence of brood parasitic (brown-headed cowbird) nestlings on the allocation of paternal care in this polygynous species.  During my Master’s degree, I conducted research on the evolution of male reproductive gene families (ADAM and IZUMO) in mice and other eutherian mammals.  The second year of my MSc, which was awarded from the University of Winnipeg in the fall of 2013, was supported through an NSERC PGS M.  I have also received financial support for my PhD at Harvard through NSERC’s PGS D. 


Research Interests

As a new graduate student in the Edwards laboratory, I currently have diverse interests centered on the use of next-generation sequencing technologies to examine the phenotypic effects of rapidly evolving systems in birds (e.g., genes and regulatory regions involved in host-parasite interactions or sexually selected traits).



Phil Grayson and Alberto Civetta, “Positive selection in the adhesion domain of Mus sperm Adam genes through gene duplications and function-driven gene complex formations,” BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13(217):8 pages. 2013 . doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-217

Phil Grayson, Barb Glassey and Scott Forbes, “Does brood parasitism induce paternal care in a polygynous host?” Ethology, 119(6):489-495. 2013. doi: 10.1111/eth.12086

Phil Grayson and Alberto Civetta, “Positive selection and the evolution of izumo genes in mammals,” International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2012(Article ID 958164):7 pages. 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/958164


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