Tree of Life, copyright Science Magazine, 2006 (http://www.bork.embl.de/tree_of_life/)

What defines a species at the genomic level? And, what evolutionary mechanisms have led to the species that we see today?

These are the questions that led me to my current position as a first year doctoral student in the laboratory of Rob Kulathinal, Ph.D. in the Department of Biology of Temple University. Broadly, I am interested in evolutionary genomics with relation to speciation and divergence.