Mao-Lun Weng, Ph.D.

Dr. Mao-Lun Weng

Assistant Professor
mweng@westfield.ma.edu
Wilson Hall 220B
413-572-5367

Education:

B.S., National Taiwan University (1998)
M.S., National Taiwan University (2000)
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (2015)
Joined Westfield State University in 2019

Specialization:

Plant Genomics, Bioinformatics, Evolution, Phylogeny, Organelle Biology

Evolutionary rates vary across the tree of life. Why do some lineages evolve faster than others? What causes accelerated evolution and what are the consequences of having elevated evolutionary rates? The overall goal of my research is to tackle these questions at both the genomic and organismal level. Using a combination of phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary modeling approaches, I seek to understand how mutation, natural selection, and neutral processes shape evolutionary rate variation. My research foci are organelle genomicscytonuclear coevolution, and de novo mutations

Teaching:

BIOL 0203:  Genetics Lab
BIOL 0278:  Biostatistics
BIOL 0377:  Research Experience - Computational Biology

Publications:

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