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Dr. Gavin Naylor

Bioinformatics Endowed Chair in Marine Genomics

Marine Genomics

  • Research is aimed at leveraging observed patterns in molecular evolution to better understand the forces that shape and constrain the diversity of life from protein structures to organismal designs.
  • Using DNA sequencing to document biodiversity in sharks and rays, with the discovery of several previously undetected species.
  • Fellowship, Evolutionary Genetics, Arizona State University 
  • Fellowship, Developmental Genetics, Yale University
  • PhD, Zoology, University of Maryland

As the Bioinformatics Endowed Chair in Marine Genomics, Dr. Gavin Naylor’s major areas of interest are systems biology, molecular and developmental evolution, and bioinformatics. 

The National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and other national mechanisms have funded Dr. Naylor’s research. In addition to his SmartSate Endowed Chair at MUSC, he also serves as a tenured professor of Biology at the College of Charleston and professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MUSC. He was previously an associate professor in the School of Computational Sciences at Florida State University. 

Dr. Naylor served as the Kalbfleisch Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum in New York and as a Sloan Fellow in the University of Michigan Department of Biology. These were followed by postdoctoral fellowships in evolutionary genetics at Arizona State University and developmental genetics at Yale University. He is widely published and has given more than 70 national and international presentations.

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