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Changyi Xiao

PhD student

Changyi Xiao, MSc.

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and master’s degree in bioinformatics from Huazhong Agricultural University. During my master’s degree, I tried to use genomic signals to unveil the domestication history of pig populations found the origin of south Asian pigs is distinct from Eurasian pigs, I also found the widespread gene flow among Asian pigs. I worked as a research assistant in the same lab after graduation, and focused on goat Y-chromosome evolution, with paternal and maternal lineage history was discovered. I am very interested in understanding the sources of biological genetic diversity and accessing key gene functions.

During my Ph.D. studies, I will particularly focus on the genetic basis of mean and fluctuating temperature. I will compare the genomic response differences of D. simulans that adapted to two different lab environments - fluctuating and constant temperature regimes. With the help of time-series Pool-Seq data and state-of-art methods, I can better understand the thermal adaptation in D. simulans, and this may help understand how natural populations adapt to global warming.