David J. Witherspoon
|vCard David J. Witherspoon|
|Affiliation:||University of Utah|
|WorkingGroup:||Plant pests and beneficials, Vectors, Evo-Devo, EcoGen-PopGen|
|i5K_WorkingGroup:||Pre-sequencing informatics, Phylogenomics, Post-sequencing informatics|
My interests center on evolutionary biology and population genetics, distribution of genetic diversity, evolutionary dynamics of mobile elements. Much of my recent research has been in human and primate genetics, but I have worked on many organisms (including protozoa, crustacea and nematodes) and will do so again. I recently invented a method for rapidly genotyping all mobile element insertions of a family in many individuals at once using computational and high-throughput sequencing tools (ME-Scan; BMC Genomics 2010, 11:410). ME-Scan is already being applied to phylogenetic reconstruction problems and to questions of the population genetics of mobile elements as well as their host species.