Casola, Claudio individual record
Assistant Professor

Our group is interested in studying genome evolution and adaptation in plants, beetles and other organisms using both experimental and computational approaches.

Research topics in our group include gene evolution via de novo formation, gene duplication and horizontal transfer; genetic basis of drought tolerance and adaptation to aridity in conifers; evolution of the tree-killing habit in bark beetles.

We work in collaboration with scientists at TAMU, the University of Kentucky, Pisa University (Italy), the Texas A&M Forest Service, the ESSM Department Forest Science Laboratory and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.

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selected publications
Academic Articles38
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  • Li, J., West, J. B., Hart, A., Wegrzyn, J. L., Smith, M. A., Domec, J., Loopstra, C. A., & Casola, C. (2021). Extensive Variation in Drought-Induced Gene Expression Changes Between Loblolly Pine Genotypes.. Front Genet. 12, 661440.
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  • Ruckman, S. N., Jonika, M. M., Casola, C., & Blackmon, H. (2020). Chromosome number evolves at equal rates in holocentric and monocentric clades.. PLoS Genet. 16(10), e1009076-e1009076.
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  • Xing, Y., Dabney, A. R., Li, X., Wang, G., Gill, C. A., & Casola, C. (2020). SECNVs: A Simulator of Copy Number Variants and Whole-Exome Sequences From Reference Genomes.. Front Genet. 11, 82.
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  • Nelson, C. D., Crocker, E. V., DeWald, L., Raley, E. M., Adams, J. P., Crane, B. S., ... Merkle, S. A. (2020). Report on the Thirty-Fifth Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC 2019). Tree Genetics & Genomes. (2), 31.
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Conference Papers1
  • Casola, C., Conant, G. C., & Hahn, M. W. (2012). Very low rate of gene conversion in the yeast genome.. Mol Biol Evol. 29(12), 3817-3826.
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TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE RESEARCH; Ecosystem Science & Management; 2138 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2138