Heidi Pagán, Ph.D.
My current focus is on incorporating next-generation sequencing technology to expand on currently used genetic markers of population health. Genetic variation in the Major Histocompatibility Complex region can reveal how selection has acted on populations over the past and help us predict their ability to withstand the health problems of changing environments. By using the appropriate sequencing methods, we will be able to look at the gene as well as its promoter region to identify potential regulatory variation. My other interests include transposable elements, which are mobile segments of DNA that can be activated during periods of stress and introduce new genetic variants within a population.
Genetic Marker Development in Bottlenose Dolphins: Relating Ecosystem Change to Individual, Population, and Species Response is supported by sales of the Protect Wild Dolphins Florida specialty license plate.