Project: Evolutionary History of the GREM Gene Family in Birds
Juan Opazo received his B.Sc. (Biology) and PdD (Ecology) degrees at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. After completing his graduate degree he was a postdoctoral researcher in at the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Wayne State University, in Detroit, and then at the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Since 2008 he has been on the faculty of the Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales y Evolutivas at the Universidad Austral de Chile, in Valdivia, Chile. His research focuses on questions related to the evolution of genomes, using vertebrate animals as a major study system, with special emphasis on understanding the dynamics of gene gain and losses and its connection with the origin of biological novelties. While at Harvard he will develop a project focusing on understanding the evolution of genes related to human disease in other vertebrate groups, particularly birds.