Degree Institution: Clemson University
Degree: PhD - Biological Sciences
Year Graduated: 2013
Nowlan earned his B.A. in Biology at Saint Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, where he became interested in exploring gene pathways. He next moved to South Carolina where he earned his PhD in Biological Sciences for the identification of genes responsible for congenital defects in the rumpless chicken, Araucana. Following graduation he moved to Germany, where he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology studying root-herbivore interactions in maize. Now having moved back to the States, Nowlan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the lab of Dr. Ann Loraine. He is interested in how intragenic methylation can control alternative splicing in rice, and how we can alter methylation to make rice more resistant to abiotic stress. In addition he also leads outreach and training for the Integrated Genome Browser, an open-source program developed in the Loraine lab for exploring genomes and genomic data.
April D. Estrada, Nowlan H. Freese and Ann E. Loraine. Analysis of pollen-specific alternative splicing in Arabidopsis thaliana via semi-quantitative PCR. PeerJ. In revision.
Freese NH, Lam BA, Staton M, Scott A, Chapman SC. “A Novel Gain-Of-Function Mutation of the Proneural IRX1 and IRX2 Genes Disrupts Axis Elongation in the Araucana Rumpless Chicken.” PLoS ONE. 2014. 9(11): e112364.
Noorai RE, Freese NH, Wright LM, Chapman SC, Clark LA. 2012. Genome-Wide Association Mapping and Identification of Candidate Genes for the Rumpless and Ear-tufted Traits of the Araucana Chicken. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40974.