Aureliano Bombarely,  Principal Investigator

BombarelyA2016Plant domestication is a fascinating topic with hundreds of questions waiting to be answered with the new genomics tools. My research interest is focused in the genomic changes produced in plant species during the plant domestication, from the selection of genes with desirable traits to events that shape the genome of these plants such as polyploidy, hybridizations, introgressions, transposon activation and genomic reorganizations and how they are translated into the amazing phenotypic diversity that we can find today. More information about publications can be found at Research Gate and  Google Scholar.

Contact at: aureliano.bombarely[at]

Tomas Hasing, PhD Student. “Genome Evolution in Plant Domestication using Sinningia speciosa as Model”.

Haidong Yang, PhD Student “Repetitive Elements as Driven Force in the Genome Evolution “.

Earl Petzold, Research Assistant

Elijah Rinaldi, Undergraduate Research Assistant.

Past Members:

  • James Friel (Visiting Ms student, University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; December 2017 to May 2018). Mr. Friel’s work was focused in the study of the transcriptomic regulation of the triploid block in Arabidopsis. He is a master student in the laboratory of Prof. Charles Spillane in the University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Silvia Manrique (Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy;). Dr. Manrique is focused in the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in the plant reproduction, specifically in the ovule development using Arabidopsis thaliana as model. She is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of the Prof. Lucia Colombo in the Department of Biosciences of the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
  • Alicia Talavera-Juez (Visiting PhD student, IHSM-La Mayora, Spain; May 2017 – August 2017 and May 2018 – July 2018). Her main interests lie in the field of biodiversity,  genomics, molecular breeding and bioinformatics. She is currently working in her dissertation supervised by Iñaki Hormaza & Antonio Matas within the project “Selection of plant material and optimization of the production in subtropical fruit crops”. More information can be found at Research Gate
  • Lisa Rotasperti (Visiting PhD student, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy; June 2017 – August 2017): Lisa Rotasperti is a short term scholar from Università degli Studi di Milano. She had the master degree in Biodiversity and Biological Evolution in October 2016. Her main fields of interest are developmental biology, molecular biology and morphology applied to study the fruit in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. At Aureliano Bombarely’s laboratory she is learning how to analyze RNA-Seq data from the silique of Arabidopsis thaliana using bioinformatics tools.
  • Giovanna Giudicelli (Visiting PhD student, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; May 2017 – August 2017): Giovanna is currently a PhD student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), under the main supervision of Loreta B. Freitas and co-supervised by Caroline Turchetto. She is interested  in plants genetics, molecular biology and evolution. Her project is focused on understanding the evolutionary history of Petunia axillaris ssp. parodii to better comprehend Neotropical Grassland plants speciation and diversification in South America.
  • Pietro Gramazio (Visiting PhD Student, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, COMAV, Spain; September 2016 – December 2016): “Genomic Analysis of Eight Eggplant Accessions”.
  • Aboozar Soorni (Visiting PhD Student, University of Teheran, Iran; April 2015 – August 2016): “Study of the Cannabis sativa population in Iran”.
  • Jaime Jimenez-Ruiz (Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Jaen, Spain; November 2015): “Sequencing and Assembly of the Olea europaea genome”.
  • Mario Fenech (Visiting Master Student, University of Malaga, Spain; September 2015 to December 2015): “Evolutionary Analysis of Gene Duplication in the Ascorbic Acid Biosynthesis Pathway”.
  • Luisa Martinez-Martinez (Visiting Ph Student, University of Jaen, Spain; May 2015 to August 2015): “RNA-Seq Analysis for polyploid Brachypodium”.

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