Xianran Li

Professional & Scientific

Office: 1575 AGRON
Phone: (515) 294-6274

DNA selected as the carrier of genetic information is because of its high fidelity and accuracy in passing information to the next generation. Meanwhile, the natural population shows remarkable morphologic and genetic variations. I am interested in pursuing the causal DNA variation for morphological changes during crop domestication and improvement thought combination of quantitative genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics tools. Pursuing such knowledge inspires another intriguing question: how millions of DNA variations can be accumulated given the high fidelity nature of DNA molecule? Striking patterns of DNA variation (in both size and content) at population level has been discovered and analyzed.