Graham L Banes’s email
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ALIGNED RESEARCH FOCUS
Field, genomic and computational approaches to the study and conservation of non-human primates; particularly orang-utans (Pongo spp.).
Much of my ongoing work is conducted in the context of my long-term research programme, The Orang-utan Conservation Genetics Project. This capitalizes on ~3,200 DNA samples from wild, ex-captive and zoo-housed orang-utans that I have collected globally since 2007. Together, these comprise the largest biomaterials collection in the United States from a critically endangered mammal. In the face of declining wild orang-utan populations, I am increasingly interested in what happens on a molecular level when we interfere with natural populations — in particular, through translocations, reintroductions and the creation of ex-situ populations. My laboratory hosts post-doctoral scientists, graduate students and numerous undergraduates, plus frequent international visitors.
Within the WNPRC, I am collaborating with the Assay Services Unit to study cheek-pad development in male orang-utans, through hormone analysis using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). I am also working with the Genetics Services Unit, widely known as a world leader in the field of macaque genotyping and pathogen sequencing, to study orang-utan pathogens.