Greetings! Welcome to my website. My name is Jia-Xing Yue (岳家兴). I was born in Xi’an (西安), aka. Chang’an (长安), the greatest capital of ancient China. I attended Nanjing University in 2003 and got my bachelor’s degree there in Biology. I stayed in Nanjing University and continued to complete my master’s degree in botany (although I know little about traditional botany :P) under advisement of Dr. Dacheng Tian with a focus on plant genomics and molecular evolution. Since then, I found myself deeply indulged in the field of evolutionary biology. Driven by this strong interest, I came to Rice University and joined Dr. Nicholas H. Putnam’s lab as a PhD student in 2010. My current research is about using next-generation sequencing technology to investigate genetic variation in amphioxus population. Amphioxus is a marvelous marine animal and that is why I use iAmphioxus.org to name this website. :)
Other interests: travel, soccer, hiking, cooking, film, painting, music.
Amphioxus, aka. lancelet, refers to a group of fish-like marine chordate species. They live in shallow temperate and tropical seas, usually found half-buried in sand, with a global distribution. As the modern representative of the subphylum Cephalochordata, amphioxus is the best proxy we have for the common ancestor of chordate animals. Although diverged with vertebrate lineage more than 520 million years ago, recent evidences suggested they did not change much both morphologically and genetically. Using amphioxus as a model system, we can learn a lot about the origin and evolutionary history of early chordates.
The genome of American amphioxus (Branchiostoma floridae) has been sequenced in 2008. The genome of Chinese amphioxus (Branchiostoma belcheri) will be available soon.