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The LeBoldus lab studies forest pathology and the interactions between fungal and oomycete pathogens with their plant hosts. We focus on dissecting the virulence mechanisms used by these pathogens. Our research relies heavily on generating, processing, and analyzing whole genome sequences of both the host and the pathogen to generate and test hypotheses related to population genomics, epidemiology, and evolution.
Lab website: https://bpp.oregonstate.edu/people/leboldus-jared
Students will learn to process and analyze whole genome sequence data. Tasks may include calling variants, constructing phylogenies, identifying genes of interest, and/or using a variety of population genomic measures to generate and test hypotheses with respect to evolution. Two recent publication that exemplify the types of work the student will do are in Muchero et al. (2018) and Brar et al. (2018).
Students will learn fundamental concepts in population genomics host-parasite interactions, information flow, and genomics. Students will use genomic data to learn the scientific process.