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Weier Bao

Degree Program: Integrative Biology
Room: SUM 304
Major Professor: Roger Sawyer

Beta (β)-keratins are filamentous proteins found only in reptiles (including birds) and are mainly found in beaks, claws, scales and feathers. Whole genome sequences of many reptile species are now available and are allowing for the characterization of molecular evolution in these species. Therefore, searching and comparative analysis of β-keratins can facilitate understanding of evolution in reptiles. My dissertation work is about using bioinformatic tools to analyze nucleotide and protein sequences data on different reptiles including archosaurs and squamates. Research Areas: Evolutionary Studies Bioinformatics