Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

MSc – Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev, Moscow, Russia

Ph.D. – Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Office: Bioscience 1016A

Telephone: 540/568-6668

Research Interests:  molecular evolution, genome reorganization and stability, transposable elements, chromatin diminution

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Grace Wyngaard’s lab where we focus on understanding how chromatin diminution, the programmed excision of DNA from the genome of somatic cells, acts as a mechanism of genome defense against transposable elements in the freshwater microcrustacean species Mesocyclops edax. Using high throughput sequencing techniques and qPCR we are 1) identifying  transposable elements and other repetitive sequences that are targeted for deletion from somatic genome during chromatin diminution and 2) testing the hypothesis that the elements targeted for deletion during chromatin diminution are the youngest and most actively transcribed.

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