Yichen (Serena) Dai

Research Interests

I am currently investigating a region in the genome of the fat sand rat (Psammomys obesus) that has abnormally high mutation rates. The fat sand rat is a model animal for diet-induced type II diabetes, and work from our lab has found out that this animal carries a highly divergent Pdx1 gene which falls in this particular genomic region. I am interested in the protein functional changes that have occurred due to these mutations, and I am also very keen to find out why this particular genomic region has suffered so many mutations.

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