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Antonis Rokas

Vanderbilt University
Department of Biological Sciences
VU Station B #35-1634
Nashville, TN 37235


Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals, Other, Fungi, Saccharomycetes yeasts, Aspergillus filamentous fungi
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, SNP Mapping
Research Description: The most exciting scientific questions are those at the crossroads of different disciplines. Genomics has revolutionized the study of biology and has reinforced the significance of Dobzhansky's famous quip, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." Research in the Rokas lab combines computational and experimental approaches to investigate: (i) the factors influencing phylogenetic accuracy and their usefulness in obtaining more robust phylogenies, (ii) the molecular origins of multicellularity in fungi and animals, and (iii) the molecular foundations of the fungal lifestyle.
Lab Web Page: http://people.vanderbilt.edu/~antonis.rokas/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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