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3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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Dr. Abrahams is a Postdoc at Yale university working with a group of botanists and evolutionary biologists in the Edwards lab. They explore the diverse ways in which plants look and act, to understand how this diversity has evolved.

The Key to Key Innovation: Gene Duplication and Glucosinolate Biosynthesis

Abstract:  Gene duplication is a powerful mechanism in the evolution of novel traits. It can play a critical role in developing "key innovations," or traits that have led to mass diversification in the tree of life. Using microsynteny analysis, we can better understand how gene duplication affects the expansion of specialized metabolite gene families, like Mustard Oils (glucosinolates). My research shows that it is both the type and timing of gene duplication that has led to complex glucosinolate profiles that underly the flavor and defense of many important crop species.

3:45pm Snacks & Socializing on the lawn between Biology, ETC, & Library
4:10pm Talk Begins

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