Dr. Rob DeSalle, PhD
American Museum of Natural History
Clinicians of the future will need to become ecologists and evolutionary biologists.
Rob DeSalle is a Curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, where he leads a group of researchers working on molecular systematics, molecular evolution, population and conservation genetics, and evolutionary genomics of a wide array of life forms ranging from viruses, bacteria, corals, and plants, to all kinds of insects, reptiles, and mammals.
Rob is also Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology), Distinguished Professor in Residence at New York University (Department of Biology), Adjunct Professor at City University of New York (Subprogram in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior), Resource Faculty at the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, and Professor at the AMNH Richard Gilder Graduate School.
Tessler, M., Brugler, M., DeSalle, R., Hersch, R., Velho, L., Segovia, B., Lansac-Toha, F. and Lemke, M. (2016). A Global eDNA Comparison of Freshwater Bacterioplankton Assemblages Focusing on Large-River Floodplain Lakes of Brazil. Microbial Ecology, 73(1), pp.61-74.
Tessler, M., Neumann, J., Afshinnekoo, E., Pineda, M., Hersch, R., Velho, L., Segovia, B., Lansac-Toha, F., Lemke, M., DeSalle, R., Mason, C. and Brugler, M. (2017). Large-scale differences in microbial biodiversity discovery between 16S amplicon and shotgun sequencing. Scientific Reports, 7(1).
Yudell, M., Roberts, D., DeSalle, R. and Tishkoff, S. (2016). Taking race out of human genetics. Science, 351(6273), pp.564-565.
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