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Research

My research interests:

  1. Molecular phylogenetics
  2. How natural selection and mutation shape the translation machinery to optimize translation initiation, elongation and termination and how diverse lineages from viruses to mammals achieve efficient translation initiation with different types of adaptations
  3. Evolution of alternative splicing: mechanism and regulation
  4. Molecular adaptation in extreme environments
  5. Molecular coevolution, e.g., between host and parasite, between interacting protein partners, between mRNA and translation machinery, etc.
  6. Bioinformatic software development

My favourite creatures:

  1. Viruses
  2. Prokaryotic species, especially eubacterial species
  3. Unicellular eukaryotes, especially yeasts
  4. Mitochondria
  5. Eukaryotic model organisms

My lab equipment for data collection and analysis:

  1. Computers
  2. Software such as DAMBE
  3. Public databases (e.g., those hosted in NCBI)
  4. Human brains (mine included, which is in urgent need of an upgrade)
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