Marcy K. Uyenoyama

Professor of Biology

130 Science Drive, Room 137, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
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Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-7350
Marcy Uyenoyama studies mechanisms of evolutionary change at the molecular and population levels. Among the questions under study include the prediction and detection of the effects of natural selection on genomic structure. A major area of research addresses the development of maximum-likelihood and Bayesian methods for inferring evolutionary processes from the pattern of molecular variation. Evolutionary processes currently under study include characterization of population structure across genomes.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1978

  • B.S., Stanford University 1974

Takebayashi, N, Newbigin, E, and Uyenoyama, MK. "Maximum-likelihood estimation of rates of recombination within mating-type regions." Genetics 167, no. 4 (August 2004): 2097-2109. Full Text

Uyenoyama, MK, and Takebayashi, N. "A simple method for computing exact probabilities of mutation numbers." Theor Popul Biol 65, no. 3 (May 2004): 271-284. Full Text

Takebayashi, N, Brewer, PB, Newbigin, E, and Uyenoyama, MK. "Patterns of variation within self-incompatibility loci." Mol Biol Evol 20, no. 11 (November 2003): 1778-1794. Full Text

Uyenoyama, MK. "Genealogy-dependent variation in viability among self-incompatibility genotypes." Theor Popul Biol 63, no. 4 (June 2003): 281-293.

Uyenoyama, MK, Zhang, Y, and Newbigin, E. "On the origin of self-incompatibility haplotypes: transition through self-compatible intermediates." Genetics 157, no. 4 (April 2001): 1805-1817.

Uyenoyama, MK. "Mutational origin of new mating type specificities in flowering plants." Genes Genet Syst 75, no. 6 (December 2000): 305-311. (Review)

Uyenoyama, MK. "Evolutionary dynamics of self-incompatibility alleles in Brassica." Genetics 156, no. 1 (September 2000): 351-359.

Uyenoyama, MK, and Newbigin, E. "Evolutionary dynamics of dual-specificity self-incompatibility alleles." Plant Cell 12, no. 3 (March 2000): 310-312. (Letter)

Uyenoyama, MK. "A prospectus for new developments in the evolutionary theory of self-incompatibility." Annals of Botany 85, no. SUPPL. A (2000): 247-252.

Uyenoyama, MK. "Evolutionary dynamics of self-incompatibility systems in flowering plants." J. Reprod. Dev. 46 (2000): 35-36. (Academic Article)