Aureliano Bombarely – Department of Horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 24061 USA
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Diversity can be defined as the condition of having or being composed by different elements. Diversity is a natural state of the living organisms, from genes and proteins, to organisms morphologies and ecosystems and interactions. My research is focused in the study of the sources of the phenotypic diversity driven by the plant evolution and domestication using genomic and bioinformatics approaches. I use Sinningia speciosa as model to study the genetic changes responsible for the phenotypic diversity risen during the domestication of this species. I also collaborate with different groups in the study of the biodiversity using genomic tools, from taxonomists and evolutionary biologists to plant pathologists and breeders in a plethora of different species. Some examples are avocadoes, mangoes, cherimoyas, pawpaws, guavas, begonias, tomatoes, petunias and nicotianas.
I got my Ph.D. in the University of Malaga in 2007 working the study of the strawberry ripening using microarrays. I moved to the Boyce Thompson Institute in 2008 to work in the development of the Sol Genomics Network database and the assembly of several Solanaceae genomes under the supervision of the Dr. Lukas Mueller. In 2012, I got a Research Associate position under the management of the Prof. Jeff Doyle at Cornell University in which I worked in different aspects of the polyploid evolution until 2014. I currently hold an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech.