Research areas include evolution, population genetics, genomics, and next-generation sequencing.
We seek to understand the genetic basis of adaptation, as well as the population and genomic context in which adaptive evolution occurs. We currently combine tools from traditional genetics, next-generation sequencing, and evolutionary analyses to understand the origin and genetic basis of weed-adaptive traits in the noxious agricultural weed, red rice. We are also leveraging genomic resources and expression analyses to discover the evolutionary processes that have driven fleshy fruit phenotypic diversification in the tomato clade, as well as fruit changes during the domestication process. Among the questions we address are:
- Which are the genes underlying adaptive traits?
- How is variation at these genes distributed at the population level?
- What evolutionary forces act on these genes and what are their molecular and genomic signatures?
Learn more at www.bio.umass.edu/biology/caicedo/
- BS Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1996
- PhD Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
- Postdoctoral Training North Carolina Sate University 2003-2006