Our research interests mainly focus on three aspects: (1) species diversity in algae; (2) various macro-evolutionary processes and diversification trends in algae; and (3) genome evolution and molecular evolution in plants (including flowering plants and algae). I use various molecular tools, bioinformatics analyses (by using Perl, Python, and R), and high-throughput next-generation sequencing techniques (e.g., illumina and 454 pyrosequencing) to address various evolutionary or ecological questions. Some of the research questions are listed below.
(1) How do the evolution of new traits (e.g., polyploidy, metabolic flexibility, eco-physiological properties, or morphological features) facilitate the species diversification?
(2) How do different external factors shape the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function?
(3) How do duplicated genes diverge in functions, expression profiles, and subcellular localization?
To tackle these questions, I used thermoacidophilic red algae and calcified galaxauraceous seaweeds as materials for Questions 1~2, and Arabidopsis as materials for Question 3.