College of Biological Sciences
This group studies plant evolution and genomics. Current research focuses on two groups - rosinweed (Silphium spp) and Clarkia. The group's major computational genome efforts for the year are:
- Assembly and annotation of the Silphium integrifolium genome (10GB in size)
- Population resequencing of hundreds of individuals of S. integrifolium (hundreds of samples) and its fungal pathogen Puccinia silphii
- Resequencing and reduced representation sequencing of hundreds of Clarkia xantiana samples
In addition, the group will conduct numerous whole genome simulations to evaluate evolutionary theory.