Ricky Padilla-Del Valle (they/them)

Pacific Northwest Research Institute

Genome Sciences

Gene Expression, Cell Cycle & Chromosome Biology

Genetics, Genomics & Evolution

Microbiology, Infection & Immunity

Entry Quarter: Summer 2018
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Research Summary

While mobile genetic elements inflate and sculpture the host genome, intrinsic genomic defenses arise in response to battle change and reestablish order. This co-evolutionary interplay allows pathogens like the retrotransposon Long Interspersed Element 1 (LINE-1) generate biologically expensive changes. As part of the McLaughlin Lab, I use evolutionary-guided methods driven by phylogenetics and experimental evolution to functionally access and describe the nature and dynamics of LINE-1 diversification and its consequences in shaping human genomes.

Lab Information

Advisor: Rick McLaughlin

Rotation Labs