Academic Journey: From the Genetics of Stingless Bees to Virulence, Positive Selection and Disease Mitigation

Marcus Vinicius Canario Viana, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Abstract:  The path of a computational biologist can involve different organisms and many different techniques. I began my career studying native species conservation, moved to bacterial genomics and bioinformatics of pathogenic bacteria, and have also explored potential probiotics using comparative genomics. In this talk I will focus on the use of microsatellite markers to assess the intracolonial diversity of the native bee Mellipona mondury, identification of virulence mechanisms and positively selected genes of the bacterial pathogen Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, the pangenomics of the recently described C. silvaticum and an in silico exploration of potential probiotic isolates of Lactobacillus crispatus. The change in methodology and experimental techniques has included experience with variety of organisms and provided me broader view of biological systems, from gene to ecosystem level.


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