Postdoc Research Harvard University PIs: Sarah Mathews (Australian National University), Levi Yant (Harvard University)
Our research focuses on the tribe Maleae, a diverse clade of ~750 woody plant species that includes apples, pears, and quince genera. The history of this clade includes a whole genome duplication (WGD) in the root lineage, and a rapid radiation associated with evolution of the pome fruit. We are studying the consequences of WGD in this clade by tracking patterns of gene loss and retention following duplication and scanning the genome of a recently evolved tetraploid species. This project is funded by the NSF EAGER program.