Garrigan Lab

  LeAnne Lovato

I am from Albuquerque, NM and received my B.S. in Biology and Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2007. As an undergraduate I began my research endeavor in the Phillips lab at the University of Oregon (2006), where I was awarded a summer research opportunity. In the Phillips lab I worked on two projects, one of which was studying microsatellite variation in C. ramanei populations and the second studied inter-population mating effects on female longevity in C. ramanei.

Once returning to the University of New Mexico, I joined the Bergthorsson lab (2006-2007), where I explored mitochondrial protein evolution in maternally and paternally transmitted plant species. Upon completing my B.S., I worked as lab technician in the Katju lab (2007-2008) at the University of New Mexico. My primary project involved assaying gene duplicate copy number variation in natural isolate populations of C. elegans. In addition, I also volunteered in the Werner-Washburne lab (2008), where I worked on S. cerevisiae mother-daughter dynamics, such as shmooing initiation and heat shock protein response.

After completing my first year of rotations at the University of Rochester I joined the Garrigan lab. My rotation project in the Garrigan lab focused on X chromosome (X) and autosome (A) nucleotide diversity, as well as demographic events that contribute to and X:A ratio greater than 3/4. Currently, I am working on finishing my rotation project for publication as well as detecting sex-specific allele frequencies in human populations as means of locating sexually antagonistic variants in the human genome. In general, my research interests include human evolution and origins, sexual antagonism, genome evolution, computational biology, population genetics, and using the coalescent to model demographic processes.