External Resources

Yeast genetics


The Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD) contains detailed information on yeast genes and phenotypes. It is a useful tool for educators and students to explore yeast biology.

"Budding yeast for budding geneticists: a primer on the Saccharomyces cerevisiae model system" is a great starting paper for educators seeking to learn more about yeast genetics. This paper is open access.

Methods in Yeast Genetics and Genomics is a manual of advanced yeast biology techniques co-authored by yEvo researcher Dr. Maitreya Dunham for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Courses. The book is available for purchase as a hard copy or eBook from CSHL Press and other vendors.

Teaching with yeast

Carolina's Classroom Guide to Yeast Experiments is a manual for using yeast to teach students genetics concepts through hands-on experiments. The book is available as a hard copy for purchase from Carolina.

"Utilizing Saccharomyces in the classroom: a versatile organism for teaching and learning" includes many citations for course-based research projects with yeast for anyone interested in learning what techniques have been implemented in the past. Note that this paper is not open access but may be available through your library.

Other evolution and education labs


BREWMOR (Bridging Research and Education With Model ORganisms) disseminates resources for engaging undergraduates in model organism research, for classrooms and independent research projects.

The Yeast ORFan Gene Project is a consortium of undergraduates and faculty studying genes of unknown function in S. cerevisiae, with a focus on training students in experimental design.


Evolving STEM uses bacterial biofilm evolution in authentic laboratory experiences for high school classrooms.

Dr. William Ratcliff at Georgia Tech and collaborators created kits and curricula for students to observe the evolution of multicellularity with "snowflake yeast".


Avida-ED is a digital evolution application developed at Michigan State University for students to design and perform experiements online.