Rick McLaughlin


Pacific Northwest Research Institute, 

Computational Biology

Genetics, Genomics & Evolution

Microbiology, Infection & Immunity

Coevolution of transposable elements and host genomes

Faculty Contact Information

Room: 413 Box: 413 Phone: 206-568-1456

Lab Information

Location: Pacific Northwest Research Institute Room: 413 Phone: 206-568-1457 https://www.pnri.org/research/labs/mclaughlin-lab/

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Research Summary

The McLaughlin lab seeks to understand how the evolutionary past of humans and their pathogens has shaped their current function. Fascinated by the scale of the impact transposable elements have had on the human genome (around half of the human genome comes from these elements), our lab wants to understand the genetic mechanisms used by humans to defend against retroelements, the genetic mechanisms used by retroelements to support their own propagation, and how host genomes have co-opted retroelements to innovate immune defense against pathogens.