Dr Rodrigo Pracana
I am interested in understanding how genomes evolve.
I am currently studying a large hotspot of mutation in a diebetes-prone gerbil species. I am asking how the hotspot region originated, and whether the rest of the gerbil genome adapted to its evolution.
I have previously worked on the fire ant's social chromosome, a supergene that determines colony organisation in this ant.
My work involves the use of bioinformatics to answer evolutionary questions.