At Evolution 2021!

Excited to be part of the virtual Evolution 2021! The faux-live talk was this morning, but if you are attending and you missed it, it is now available on demand. Come and hear me talking about Aedes aegypti in Sudan.

Looking for a postdoc?

It appears that our grant to study the origins of Aedes aegypti in the Southwest Indian Ocean will be funded by NIAID. If you are interested on joining my lab and you are part of an underrepresented group, please email me. Diversity supplements are available to support postdocs who are members of an underrepresented group.

Please note that this funding source is limited to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or to individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States

You can read more about this project in our recent publication in Molecular Ecology or the press release.

We are at Entomology 2020!

Today is the first day to access on-demand talks at Entomology 2020. Check our groups’ work at the 10-min: SysEB, Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Molecular Biology section:

Museum specimens reveal the genomics of extinct populations of Aedes aegypti in the Mediterranean. Gloria-Soria A., Soghigian J., Powell J.R.

Identifying and accounting for ascertainment bias in the Ae. aegypti SNP-chip using whole genome sequencing. Gomez-Palacio A., Soghigian J., Powell J.R., Gloria-Soria A.

The origin of Aedes aegypti

Exciting news! We have evidence that suggests that the yellow fever mosquito did not originate in Africa, as is commonly assumed. Analysis of Ae. aegypti and its closer relatives from the Southwest Indian Ocean islands suggest that Ae. aegypti  arouse in this islands and move to Africa <85,000 years ago.  This work is described on our most recent paper, “Genetic evidence for the origin of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, in the southwestern Indian Ocean “, led by my collaborator John Soghigian (now at NC State). The press release can be found here.

2020 update

We are all good over here. Still working mostly from home, with occasional lab visits. But keeping the good research going.

Today, our latest paper (published early online) has been officially published. Check “Prior evolution in stochastic versus constant temperatures affects RNA virus evolvability at a thermal extreme” at the recent Ecology and Evolution issue.

Stay safe!

Big day yesterday

As the day was about to end, I learned that this other project, in which I participated, also came out online. The research compared the phylogeny of CFAV integrations in Ae. aegypti with the population structure of the species and found some incongruencies. A collaboration with Dr. Lambrechts at the Institut Pasteur: “Novel genome sequences of cell-fusing agent virus allow comparison of virus phylogeny with the genetic structure of Aedes aegypti populations”

Great news from former lab members

We are glad to report that Jack Tajmajer has been offered a great scholarship to attend Brown University, so he will be starting in the Fall of 2020.

Former member Rory McGuire was accepted in grad school and starting in the Fall of 2020, he will be attending the Molecular Engineering (MolE) PhD program at the University of Washington, where he intends to pursue research in synthetic biology. 

Congratulations to both of them!