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Alex Harkess, Ph.D.

Faculty InvestigatorAuburn University, Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology

Alex Harkess is joint as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University and a Faculty Investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. His laboratory at HudsonAlpha studies broad-scale evolutionary genomics in plants, with a focus on the diversity of plant reproduction. In particular, we characterize the repeated independent evolution of sex chromosomes in land plants by developing new methods for sequencing and assembling a phylogenetic diversity of highly contiguous X/Y, Z/W, and U/V sex chromosomes.