Elmira Mohandesan

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research interests:

My main research interests are the pattern and rates of molecular evolution, biodiversity, phylogenetics, ancient DNA (aDNA), Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS), speciation, conservation genetics and domestication.

In my doctoral research (Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand), I examined the evolutionary rates of the mtDNA, population genetic structure, species status and diversity of tuatara (Sphenodon Punctatus), the iconic New Zealand reptile.

At the Institute of Population Genetics, my research focuses on the genomic footprints of domestication and selection in modern and pre-domestic Old World camelids, using NGS technology and aDNA. I am interested in identifying those changes that underlie the transformation process from a wild species to a domesticated one and to investigate the evolutionary relationship and genomic diversity among Old World camelids.