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João Pedro Nogueira Marques

João Pedro Nogueira Marques

PhD Student

PhD Student
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, R. Padre Armando Quintas. 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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I have a Master Degree in Biochemistry but soon I have changed my focus into bioinformatics applied to sequence analysis. I started working with transcriptomic data and gene expression applied to body metamorphosis and when, three years ago, I joined CIBIO-InBIO, the focus of my interests became the speciation and population genetics. As more complex questions started to arise, we started to produce and work with whole genome data (e.g.: genome assembly and annotation, cluster analysis, SNPcall) and I got in touch with evolution and its unsolved questions. Because of this, the willing to apply for a PhD grant to study in detail some of these questions became stronger.


I am currently starting my PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution from the University of Porto (Portugal) in collaboration with University of Montpellier (France). My PhD is focused on an important conceptual problem – the role of natural selection on the formation and evolution of species. I will tackle hares and mouse species in several contact zones with various degrees of divergence, gene flow and ecological differentiation and I will use massive amounts of genomic data (185 whole genome samples already sequenced) resulting from modern sequencing tools, which will allow me to develop research in the forefront of evolutionary genomics. Genomics of non-model systems promises to shed novel light onto this long-lasting and fundamental question and I am particularly interested in using this tremendous dataset to study the role of selection in divergence, introgression and speciation.



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