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Dustin Hancks



NIH K99 Fellow

ACS Postdoc Fellow


Dustin obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied retrotransposons, with a focus on SVA, an element found in human genomes.


Dustin is interested in host-pathogen interactions and how these interactions influence genome evolution.  He is also interested in the origins and mechanisms driving genetic innovation in viruses.  Dustin's projects involve using viruses to gain insight into the processes contributing to genome evolution.


In his spare time, Dustin attempts to communicate with alien robots using only squashes and gourds.


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evolutionary genetics & cell biology