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C.-H. Christina Cheng

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Contact Information

524 Burrill Hall
407 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801


Research Interests

Evolutionary genomic, transcriptomic, and physiological changes in cold adaptation and specialization in Antarctic and Arctic fishes. Molecular evolution of antifreeze proteins and other cold-adaptive genes and functions. Marine biodiversity in Polar regions. Field research in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

Recent Publications

Cheng, C.-H. C., Rivera-Colón, A. G., Minhas, B. F., Wilson, L., Rayamajhi, N., Vargas-Chacoff, L., & Catchen, J. M. (2023). Chromosome-Level Genome Assembly and Circadian Gene Repertoire of the Patagonia Blennie Eleginops maclovinus—The Closest Ancestral Proxy of Antarctic Cryonotothenioids. Genes, 14(6), Article 1196.

Minhas, B. F., Beck, E. A., Cheng, C. H. C., & Catchen, J. (2023). Novel mitochondrial genome rearrangements including duplications and extensive heteroplasmy could underlie temperature adaptations in Antarctic notothenioid fishes. Scientific reports, 13(1), Article 6939.

Rivera-Colón, A. G., Rayamajhi, N., Fazal Minhas, B., Madrigal, G., Bilyk, K. T., Yoon, V., Hüne, M., Gregory, S., Cheng, C.-H. C., & Catchen, J. M. (2023). Genomics of Secondarily Temperate Adaptation in the Only Non-Antarctic Icefish. Molecular biology and evolution, 40(3), Article msad029.

Cowart, D. A., Murphy, K. R., & Cheng, C. H. C. (2022). Environmental DNA from Marine Waters and Substrates: Protocols for Sampling and eDNA Extraction. In Methods in Molecular Biology (pp. 225-251). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 2498). Humana Press Inc..

Bilyk, K. T., Zhuang, X., Vargas-Chacoff, L., & Cheng, C. H. C. (2021). Evolution of chaperome gene expression and regulatory elements in the antarctic notothenioid fishes. Heredity, 126(3), 424-441.

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