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It's been a while since I've updated the main page, but it isn't from lack of activity in the lab. The last year has been really eventful. Some highlights include:

- Several lab staff moving on to new opportunities in graduate and medical school
- Developing the first animal model for studying GB virus C…and showing that GBV-C may protect from Ebola mortality
- Discovering simian arteriviruses in captive baboons and new populations of wild primates
- Publishing a new method for studying HIV drug resistance efficiently
- Using whole genome sequencing to look for new genes associated with spontaneous HIV/SIV control
- Working towards characterizing all the genetic variation in Mauritian macaques
- Characterizing full-length major histocompatibility complex transcript and gene sequences using a variety of deep sequencing platforms.

I'm writing this on the heels of a busy fall of travel, which included trips to Cape Town, Washington D.C., Rio de Janeiro, Portland, and Sao Paulo. It is great fun to have such wonderful collaborators and colleagues to visit around the world.

Finally, I know this is the time of year when many people who visit my website are applying to UW-Madison for graduate school. Here is a short FAQ for you:

Are you taking new graduate students in fall, 2015? I will consider taking students who have three years or more independent funding. Most incoming students do not realize that it costs a lab like mine about $50,000 a year to support a graduate student. During the first two years, when students are taking classes and have other programatic requirements, time in the lab is limited - making the effective cost of a PhD student even higher. Moreover, students who have their own funding can have more flexibility by developing projects that are not funded by existing grants.

I am interested in your lab. Can I be directly admitted? No. I believe rotations in multiple labs are essential. Consequently, I do not accept students from programs that require one-on-one matching between students and investigators as a criteria for acceptance to UW-Madison.

What skills should a prospective student bring to the lab? See my graduate student philosophy, which still holds up pretty well even though I initially wrote it nearly ten years ago. It is now also essential that prospective students have a strong quantitative background because of the large datasets we are generating and analyzing. This doesn't mean you need to be an expert computer programmer when you join the lab, but it means you must be comfortable learning how to work with large datasets, command line tools, and basic programming (e.g., Python)