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Daven Lim L&S Math & Physical Sciences

Investigating Structural Variation Diversity Across the Tree of Life

Genetic diversity has been widely associated with the adaptability and survival of populations, and extensive research has focused on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Despite also contributing substantially to genetic diversity, structural variation (SV) has been comparatively less studied. In particular, there has been little research that broadly surveys SV diversity and explores its relevance to conservation across the tree of life. This research aims to a) identify SVs that segregate within a single individual across diverse taxonomic groups, b) characterize the diversity, origin, and potential functional impact of SVs in each species, c) examine phylogenetic signals in SV variation across different species, and d) explore the relationship between a species’ SV diversity and its conservation status. This research will provide a valuable resource to the study of SV evolution in diverse taxa, and will generate insights into the significance of SV in conservation.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you for the opportunity to work on this project! I am very interested in the project and it is somewhere I want to learn more about and go deeper into. I appreciate this opportunity very much.
Major: Computer Science and Economics
Mentor: Peter Sudmant
Sponsor: Anselm MPS Fund
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