Hoffmann Lab

Our lab uses a combination of computational tools to better understand the evolution of vertebrate genomes. Within this broad area, we center on questions related to the emergence of novel genes, defined broadly to include small RNAs, and how these novel genes acquire new biological functions. Aside from our own research, we collaborate with other groups to analyze biological sequence data to answer questions in viral epidemiology, molecular systematics, mammalian evolution, and fungal pathogen identity.