Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
We are mostly interested in plant domestication and in the role of microbiomes in plant evolution, we focus on CYCADS (Zamiaceae) and CAPSICUM (Solanaceae) as our main biological systems.
We investigate patterns of population genetic and genomic variation, seeking to
uncover the evolutionary processes that underlie species adaptation to natural and agroecosystemic landscapes. At
the population-level, we use traditional genetic and NextGen genomic tools to elucidate the role of geographic barriers and biological traits in shaping spatial and temporal population patterns. At the species level we combine phylogenetics
and genomics to reconstruct species relationships and understand how gene
innovations enabled species to adapt and evolve.
CURRENT PROJECTS in a nutshell:
- Population genomics of crop wild relatives: reconstructing the domestication history of chilli pepper (Capsicum).
- Cycad population genomics
- Comparative genomics of cycads (Dioon) and their coralloid root bacteria
- Phylogenomics to
identify genes underlying plant evolution.
We are currently hosting: visiting professor Yolanda Chen,
from the University of Vermont, to work on the role of insects in plant domestication (January -August 2016); visiting professor Mark Bonta,
from Penn State, to work and cycads and maize domestication (June-August 2016); visiting FULBRIGHT professor Benjamin Normark
from the University of Massachusetts, to work on cycad-associated insects (September-October, 2016); and postdoc Lori Shapiro
from Harvard University to work on plant domestication.
We were recently granted a Fronteras de la Ciencia 2015-2 (CONACyT #901) project to work on the role of cycads in maize domestication, in an interdisciplinary collaboration with Mark Bonta, Michael Carrasco, Andres Moreno and Josh Englehardt.
We were granted a DEANN Marie Curie fellowship to exchange students and postdocs in Europe:http://hdopazolab.com/2013/11/22/deann-project-approved/
We collaborate closely with the Barona Lab,
attempting to create links between evolution and biological chemistry. Other collaborators include Ruairidh Sawers
, Rob Dunn
, Dennis Stevenson
, Sergios Kolokotronis
, Rob DeSalle
. We are also part of the Montgomery Botanical Center
. Our conservation work in Mexico includes collaborations with the CONAPN
, and Danae Cabrera Toledo, Miguel Angel Farrera, Jorge Gonzalez-Astorga
and Andrew Vovides
STUDENTS and POSTDOCS in a nutshell:
Genomics of Domestication
Erik Díaz (MSc) -- firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Eunice Pérez (Undergrad) -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycads and their bacteria
Pablo Pelaez (Postdoc) -- email@example.com
Pablo Suarez Moo (PhD) --
firstname.lastname@example.orgJosian Corona (MSc) -- email@example.com
Paco Gabriel Pérez (MSc) -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Rafael Rincón (Undergrad) --
email@example.com(check out our Lab Members page for details!)
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As part of our Scientific Outreach, a little paper on phylogenomics here for the Guanajuato community in Ide@s
. Students and postdocs are welcome to apply! EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV.