University of Washington,
Genetics, Genomics & Evolution (Area Director)
The following publications were retrieved from PubMed:
Caro L, Raman P, Steiner FA, Ailion M, Malik HS.
Mol Biol Evol. 2022 Oct 7; 10(39)
Lamelza P, Young JM, Noble LM, Caro L, Isakharov A, Palanisamy M, Rockman MV, Malik HS, Ailion M.
PLoS Genet. 2019 Dec; 12(15)e1008520
Grandchamp GM, Caro L, Shank EA.
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2017 May 15; 10(83)
Townsley L, Caro L, Kelkar H, Shank EA.
Genome Announc. 2016 Oct 20; 5(4)
I’m working to understand evolution and speciation at the molecular level using Caenorhabditis nematodes as a model.
We’re taught in our biology courses that genes persist in a species because they benefit the organisms. But this isn’t always true. Instead, “selfish genetic elements” persist in species by guaranteeing their presence in the next generation, even at the cost to the host. My research aims to understand the molecular mechanism of a selfish genetic element in C. elegans.