Aureliano Bombarely Gomez, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Malaga, 2007

M.S. University of Malaga, 2005

B.S. University of Malaga, 2003

Interest Areas: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Polyploidy, Plant Evolution and Domestication

Genomes are wonderful “biological books” that contain all the genetic information from living organisms. There are several sequencing methods to “read” this information, but we are still deciphering the language, trying to understand the instructions that link genotypes with phenotypes and reading the history that it is contained in them, from how they evolve from other species to how we are modifying them to meet to our needs.

Dr. Bombarely works in the area of plant genomic analysis. His laboratory is involved in the genome sequencing, annotation and analysis of several floriculture crops such as petunia (Petunia axillaris and P. inflata) and gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa), and in the model species Nicotiana benthamiana (a Solanaceae used for plant pathogen interaction studies). Other of the research focus of the Bombarely laboratory is the study of the origin and genome evolution of polyploid species and the impact of the domestication process of these species, specially in genes related with important agronomical traits.