Ants, Bees, Genomes & Evolution

@ Queen Mary University London


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Rodrigo Pracana PhD student

I am a PhD student interested in the evolution of genomes. My research project focus on the evolution of the fire ant's social chromosomes, a pair of chromosomes that control the type of social organisation of fire ant colonies.

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Research interests

    • Genome and chromosome evolution
    • Population genetics
    • Genetics of biodiversity

Skills and Experiences

    • Bioinformatics and R
    • Teaching experience at Queen Mary University of London (2013'2017) and at the Swiss Bioinformatics Institute (2016)
    • Conference presentations including Evolution (2014) the Population Genetics Group (2014-2016)
    • Co-organiser of the London Evolutionary Research Network (2014-2016)

Publications

  1. The fire ant social chromosome supergene variant Sb shows low diversity but high divergence from SB. 2017. R Pracana, A Priyam, I Levantis, RA Nichols, Y Wurm. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.14054.
  2. Fire ant social chromosomes: Differences in number, sequence and expression of odorant binding proteins. 2017. R Pracana, I Levantis, C Martínez-Ruiz, E Stolle, A Priyam, Y Wurm. Evolution Letters, doi: 10.1002/evl3.22.
  3. The genomic and phenotypic diversity of Schizosaccharomyces pombe. 2015. DC Jeffares, C Rallis, A Rieux, D Speed, M Převorovský, T Mourier, FX Marsellach, Z Iqbal, W Lau, TMK Cheng, R Pracana, M Mülleder, JLD Lawson, A Chessel, S Bala, G Hellenthal, B O'Fallon, T Keane, JT Simpson, L Bischof, B Tomiczek, DA Bitton, T Sideri, S Codlin, JEEU Hellberg, L van Trigt, L Jeffery, JJ Li, S Atkinson, M Thodberg, M Febrer, K McLay, N Drou, W Brown, J Hayles, REC Salas, M Ralser, N Maniatis, DJ Balding, F Balloux, R Durbin, J Bähler. Nature genetics, 47 (3): 235-241.