Alexander Taylor

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Alexander Taylor

Ph.D. Student

Office Location(s): 2052 Kraus Natural Science Building
abtaylor@umich.edu
Qiu Lab
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  • About

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    Research Interests

    I am interested in the evolutionary origins of nodulation, the mutualistic symbiosis that some plants make at their roots with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Nodulation evolved multiple times independently, each time drawing on a pre-existing pathway used to form mycorrhizal associations with fungi. I use a phylogenetic approach to reconstruct the evolutionary history of genes involved in nodulation to examine how this complex trait was reassembled multiple times in different lineages. I am also interested in science communication and public outreach.

    Advisor

    Yin-Long Qiu

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Phylogenetics, nodulation, deep homology, gene evolution