The recent advent of high-throughput or "next generation" sequencing (NGS) of nucleic acids has unveiled a plethora of novel regulatory molecules, in particular non-coding RNAs - RNA molecules that presumably do not encode proteins. Even though some RNAs have long been known to have gene regulatory and catalytic capabilities, only in recent years has the sheer scale of regulatory capabilities of non-coding RNAs been truly envisioned.
We use bioinformatic and genomic data analysis tools to understand the evolution of gene regulatory mechanisms underlying the phenotypic diversity and cell differentiation in multicellular eukaryotes.
We have a special interest in the evolutionary dynamics of non coding RNA molecules. To better understand their changes across time we study a number of biological models that span different evolutionary scales, including many mexican species of plants and animals.
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