PhD Candidate
Research Assistant
Teaching Assistant

Contact Info

Rocky.Giarratano@uga.edu
Office:
C424 Life Sciences
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It's said that 90% of researchers study the protein coding half of the genome while 10% of researchers study the other half, known as "dark DNA".  Using a synthetic approach, I study a type of element in the dark DNA known as a Helitron - a newly discovered type of transposon known to capture other, coding, genes.  Knowing more about the behavior of these elements would allow us to bridge the gap between coding and non-coding/repetitive genomic interactions.

 

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3 Minute Thesis winner, Department of Genetics, January 2018