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Name:   Valerie Soza

Title:  Research Scientist

Affiliation:  University of Washington

Email Address:  vsoza@u.washington.edu

Web Site Address:  http://faculty.washington.edu/benhall/

Research Areas of Interest:  evolutionary biology, genetics and molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics

Research Bio:

As a member of Ben Hall's lab, our overarching goal in studying rhododendrons is to better understand speciation, evolution and biogeographic history in Rhododendron. My role in this endeavor is to use next-generation sequencing data (restriction-site associated DNA sequencing) to uncover the evolutionary relationships within subgenus Hymenanthes and section Vireya to infer biogeographic histories within these 2 groups.

Our lab has also sequenced the R. williamsianum genome and I am currently involved in annotating this genome and conducting comparative genomics with closely related members of Ericaceae.

Finally, we are studying the evolution of flower symmetry genes in Rhododendron to identify whether duplications in these genes are associated with changes in flower symmetry.

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