Evolution of mutagenesis

 

Does DNA mutate in the same way across species? What forces drive differences in the mutation spectrum? As a postdoc and “Biological Mechanisms of Healthy Aging” NIH trainee, I am studying patterns of mutation across whales, bears, wild mice, humans, killifish, wolves, apes, and more to understand how these processes evolve. I am part of Kelley Harris’ lab in the Department of Genome Sciences. I also care deeply out education and outreach, and have been trained in active learning through the STEP-WISE teacher training for postdocs.

 

*figure by Natalie Telis from Carlson, DeWitt, and Harris