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RESEARCH INTERESTS: Comparative functional genomics; structural organization of genetic material and its relationship to patterns of gene regulation and expression within and among species. Population genomics: genetic and ecological processes that influence the distribution of genetic diversity within and among population subdivisions in nature, and their roles in promoting population structuring, isolation, and speciation. Research in my laboratory focuses primarily on the structure and function of the newly sequenced genome of the gray, short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica, a small South American marsupial that serves as the world’s primary laboratory marsupial model for genomic, biomedical, and evolutionary research. Interest areas include linkage and physical map construction, EST discovery and documentation, genome annotation, epigenetic determinants in sex-specific patterns of meiotic recombination, the marsupial MHC and other immune-related gene families, QTL mapping, and comparative vertebrate genome structure.
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