I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and research assistant in the Laboratory of Laura Katz at Smith College.
I am interested in studying the factors that drive genome evolution in eukaryotes using bioinformatic and phylogenomic tools. My research is framed around three aims: 1) to demonstrate the power of phylogenomics in studying the evolution of genome architecture in eukaryotes, 2) to understand the tempo of gene duplications/loss in the evolution of eukaryotic genomes and 3) to characterize the origin of photosynthesis in eukaryotes as an example of how non-vertical inheritance can shape genomes and complex traits.
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