O’Connor has been at Georgia Tech for 22 years, originally coming to manage technology for the Olympic Village. He has served in a series of progressive leadership roles within OIT and in his current role for six years.
Suddenly, a roundworm overhauls an array of survival strategies, and researchers suspect multiple mutations caused them. But they're surprised when they trace the sweeping changes back to one tiny mutation on a single gene. It's a great hint at a genetic regulator of so-called life history trade-offs, a much observed natural phenomenon.
Science synopsis: Possible regulator gene for life history trade-offs found via pleiotropic NURF-1 mutation in C. elegans; confirmed with CRISPR Cas9