Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a very important molecule. DNA encodes biological instructions for all living things. These instructions make each species and individual unique. DNA provides the instructions for biological processes. These include development, survival, and reproduction. DNA makes up an organism’s genome. The genome contains an organism’s hereditary information. Adults pass their genome on to their offspring.
Our lab studies how certain DNA segments rearrange. Such changes affect health. Researchers have learned about DNA segments called transposons. They can change positions within a genome or among separate genomes. Transposons can reduce medications’ ability to fight disease-carrying bacteria. We study these changes in the Mu virus. Our lab examines the molecular processes that drive DNA rearrangements. We also study how bacterial cells distribute their genetic blueprints.