Aphid

Dr. Sijun Liu

Assistant Scientist III

I am currently working on insect virus discovery using Next Generation Sequencing data for identification of viral sequences, from transcriptome and from small RNA sequencing datasets. I have extensive experience with bioinformatics and with optimization of bioinformatics tools for virus discovery. My background is in Entomology with particular emphasis on insect vectors of plant viral disease.

Diveena Vijayendran

Graduate Assistant-Research

My research interests are small non-coding RNA and the biological phenomenon of RNA interference. The specific goals of my current research are, (i) identify and characterize aphid viruses and (ii) characterize aphid micro RNAs in multiple aphid species. We use a combination of bioinformatics and molecular biology on small RNA sequencing datasets to achieve these goals.

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