Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Daniel Santana de Carvalho

Daniel Santana de Carvalho, first author of IsoSeq transcriptome assembly of C3 panicoid grasses provides tools to study evolutionary change in the Panicoideae

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Education: PhD in Agronomy and Horticulture, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. MSc in Genetics and Biodiversity, Department of General Biology, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Non-scientific Interests: drawing, singing and playing guitar, not necessarily good at any of those things.

Brief bio: My journey in bioinformatics and evolution started when I was an undergrad researcher at the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil). In the Fall of 2015, when I joined the Schnable Lab at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln to do my PhD, I realized I still had a lot to learn about bioinformatics and programming. My PhD project focused on studying the evolution of C4 photosynthesis in panicoid grasses using both comparative genomics and transcriptomics approaches. One month before I defended my PhD I received an email saying that my postdoctoral application in Brazil had been accepted. One month after my defense I moved back to Brazil to start my postdoc at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in one of the most prestigious bioinformatics programs of the country. I currently teach classes in the bioinformatics graduate program and apply the comparative genomics and transcriptomics skills I learned during my PhD to different research projects involving microbiology and plant pathogens.