Rebekah L. Rogers
I am currently a postdoc in Montgomery Slatkin's lab at UC Berkeley working on genome structure evolution using ancient DNA in Neanderthals and Woolly Mammoths. My research focuses on mechanisms that cause rapid or drastic changes in the structure and content of genomes and in assessing the evolutionary impact of different types of genomic changes. My research lies at the intersection of molecular and evolutionary genetics and uses naturally defined historical changes to infer the molecular and selective impacts of different types of mutations.
My previous research took advantage of the compact genomes and genetic toolkits of Drosophila. Using a combination of computational and high throughput molecular approaches, I have identified complex mutations such as duplications, deletions, and chimeric genes and examined their influence on gene regulatory profiles and their role in adaptation.