Eric Linton

Photo of Eric LintonAssociate Professor
Brooks Hall 163
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  • B.S., University of Akron, 1988
  • M.S., University of Akron, 1993
  • Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2000
  • Postdoc, The Waksman Institute of Microbiology, 2000-2002
  • Postdoc, Michigan State University, 2002-2006
​​​Teaching Areas
Introductory Biology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy
​​​​Research Fields
Bioinformatics, Molecular Systematics and Phylogenetics, Phycology, Eukaryotic Microbiology
​​​Current Research Projects
  • Combining phylogenetic techniques (Bayesian and Maximum Likelihood) with comparative genome (collinearity) data, to study the evolutionary relationships of algae/eukaryotic microbes, with a special focus on the Euglenophyta. Currently, my work involves the sequencing, annotation and comparisons of the chloroplast genomes of several euglenoids. As the chloroplast of photosynthetic euglenoids was gained by secondary endosymbiosis (ingestion of a green eukaryotic algae) billions of years ago, it offers a direct view into the development of ancient eukaryotic life.
  • Software development for molecular (gene, genome, and collinearity) data analysis emphasizing evolutionary relationships. This software called MacGDE (Macintosh Genetic Data Environment) is an integrative program for DNA/RNA and protein management, alignment and phylogenetic analyses. I maintain, support (technical and theoretical) and freely distribute to the research community (
  • Bioinformatic collaborations outside of my main research areas. My efforts here have lead to work with colleagues in areas as diverse as viral invasion of grasses, and the evolution of wood feeding in bivalves. My ongoing work is in the use of wavelets (mathematical signal processing) for DNA assembly, alignment and annotation.
​​Selected Publications
  • Daniel L. Distel, Mehwish Amin, Adam Burgoyne, Eric Linton, Gustaf Mamangkey, Wendy Morrill, John Nove, Nicole Wood, and Joyce Yang. 2011. Molecular phylogeny of Pholadoidea Lamarck, 1809 supports a single origin for wood feeding (xylotrophy) and xylotrophic bacterial endosymbiosis in Bivalvia. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. In Press.
  • Eric Linton, and En-Bing Lin. 2011. Wavelet Packet Analysis of DNA Sequences. 5th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (iCBBE 2011). May 10-12, Wuhan, China.
  • Linton, E. W., Karnkowska, A., Jong, K. I., Ciugulea, I., Shin, W., Bennett, M., Kwiatowski, J., Zakrys, B. and Triemer, R. E. 2010. Reconstructing Euglenoid Evolutionary Relationships using Three Genes: Nuclear SSU and LSU, and Chloroplast SSU Sequences and the description of Euglenaria gen. nov . (Euglenophyta). Protist. 161(4): 603-619.
  • Malmstrom, C. M., Shu, R., Linton, E. W. Newton, L. A. and Cook, M. A. 2007. Barley Yellow Dwarf Viruses (BYDVS) Preserved in Herbarium Specimens Illuminate Historical Disease Ecology of Invasive and Native Grassland Species. J. Ecol. 95(6): 1153-1166.
  • International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (IRGSP). 2005. The map-based sequence of the rich genome. Nature. 436: 793-800.​