Taylor Lab at the University of Victoria

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Comparative Genomics: Gene and Genome Duplication

What are the molecular, phenotypic, and taxonomic outcomes of gene and whole genome duplication?  We use two gene families, opsins and olfactory receptors, as models to answer these questions. Most of the opsin research involves fishes including guppies, the four-eyed fish, sticklebacks, various flatfish and zebrafish. The research on olfactory receptors (ORs) involves cnidarians, sea urchins and amphioxus. Recently we've added gene duplication and cancer evolution, and gene colinearity (conserved synteny) to our research repertoire.  I also co-supervise graduate students who study tube worm population genetics and protein-protein interaction networks.

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