A Post Doctoral Scholar position is available in Dr. Shujun Ous laboratory at the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University (OSU). The Ou lab studies the functional and evolutionary consequences of transposable element activities in plants. This project aims to utilize TEs as molecular markers to study the evolutionary histories of polyploids and closely related species. Primarily, this project will use LTR retrotransposons as the molecular marker because they prefer insertions in intergenic regions that are considered neutral or nearly neutral, which is perfect for evolutionary modeling. Furthermore, the age of LTR retrotransposons can be individually dated by comparing the divergence of the terminal repeat of each element. We have developed a promising framework an
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