Homologous recombination in asexual genomes and its effect on pathogenecity, fitness and longevity

This is an ongoing project.

Faculty Researcher: Weilong Hao

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Weilong Hao


Our research is in the field of bioinformatics, comparative and functional genomics. The primary research interest is to develop a better understanding of homologous recombination (or sex by biological definition) and related functional consequences among organisms and genetic compartments (e.g., bacteria and mitochondria), which are often thought to be asexual. We analyze the genomic data to address the association between genomic changes and epidemiology in microbial pathogens, and changes of fitness and longevity caused by mitochondrial recombination.


Good understanding in Genetics


The expected weekly time commitment of the undergraduate researcher is between 15 and 20 hours per week.

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April 7, 2014