Lauren A. Assour

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Variation in vectorial capacity for human malaria among Anopheles mosquito species is determined by many factors, including behavior, immunity, and life history. To investigate the genomic basis of vectorial capacity and explore new avenues for vector control, we sequenced the genomes of 16 anopheline mosquito species from diverse locations spanning ~100(More)
Theory predicts that speciation-with-gene-flow is more likely when the consequences of selection for population divergence transitions from mainly direct effects of selection acting on individual genes to a collective property of all selected genes in the genome. Thus, understanding the direct impacts of ecologically based selection, as well as the indirect(More)
Y chromosomes control essential male functions in many species, including sex determination and fertility. However, because of obstacles posed by repeat-rich heterochromatin, knowledge of Y chromosome sequences is limited to a handful of model organisms, constraining our understanding of Y biology across the tree of life. Here, we leverage long(More)
Restriction site Associated DNA (RAD) tagging (also known as RAD-seq, etc.) is an emerging method for analyzing an organism’s genome without completely sequencing it. This can be applied to a non-model organism without a reference genome, though this creates the problem of how to begin data analysis on unmapped and unannotated reads. Our program, Hot RAD,(More)
Ancestral reconstruction can be useful in many facets of genetic analysis. It allows for a look into the (potential) past, and can provide a clearer idea of species divergance. Unfortunately, ancestral construction is not as easy with swiftly changing genomes as input. Confounding factors such as horizontal gene transfer and gene loss limit available(More)
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