Invited Speaker

Dr. Darin R. Rokyta

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Dr. Darin R. Rokyta, Ph.D., received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from the University of Idaho in 2006. After two additional years of postdoctoral research at the University of Idaho, Dr. Rokyta joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University, where he remains. Dr. Rokyta is a broadly trained molecular and evolutionary biologist with expertise in computational biology and protein evolution. His graduate and postdoctoral training focused on mathematics and statistics, emphasizing probability theory and stochastic processes and their applications in evolutionary theory. His primary field of study is the genetics of adaptation, and he has used venoms, viruses, and theory in his pursuit of establishing general rules for adaptive evolution. Much of Dr. Rokyta’s current work focuses on venom evolution and how the genetic encoding of venom systems biases their evolutionary patterns. 

Talk title:

The Genomics of Venom Ontogeny in Rattlesnakes