Lucia Campos, PhD Candidate
I am a biologist interested in the molecular and genetic basis of plant diversity and evolution. For my PhD, I am using Begonias as a model to study the genomic factors driving plant speciation. Begonia is one of the five largest angiosperms genera, with approximately 2000 species described and more being discovered every year. One of the many interesting features about Begonias is their highly dynamic genomes: they show a wide range of both chromosome number and genome size, as well as very variable content of repetitive and transposable DNA in their genomes.
The aim of my project is elucidating the role of these genome dynamics in the high speciation rates found in Begonia. For this purpose, I use Next-Generation Sequencing data to study the genomic DNA from different Begonia species from different habitats in Africa, Asia and America and that are part of the RBGE living collection. I also study the genome of Begonia’s closest relative, Hillebrandia sandwicensis, a Hawaiian endemic species.
My PhD supervisors are:
Dr. Catherine Kidner (RBGE, University of Edinburgh)
Dr. Alex Twyford (University of Edinburgh).
To investigate the genome size variation found in Begonia, I also work in collaboration with Dr. Jaume Pellicer and Dr. Ilia Leitch, from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
MSc in Plant Biotechnology (Functional Plant Genomics), Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2014-2016)
BSc in Biology, University of Malaga, Spain (2010-2014)
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