Sarah D. Stellwagen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Biological Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

I have recently begun a postdoctoral fellowship at UNCC in Dr. Adam Reitzel's lab. Previously I was an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County studying the genetics and genomics using arachnid models. I worked with Dr. Mercedes Burns studying population genetics of Japanese facultative parthenogenic harvestmen. Using Oxford Nanopore, I sequenced the genome of the polyploid species Leiobunum manubriatum in an effort to understand their mixed ploidy and sexual/asexual reproductive modes. I also have a background in spider silk research, and I'm interested in the biomechanical properties and genetics of silk, particularly the aggregate glue that orb-weaving spiders deposit on the capture spiral silk of their webs.