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Area of Expertise

My research interests are in the areas of molecular evolutionary genetics and population genetics, and their applications for studying species and community diversity. We have worked on a broad variety of topics from wildlife conservation genetics to human population diversity and microbiomes. Previous students have focused on Alzheimer’s disease and aging, exploring both genetic/energetics coordination and messaging through microRNA signaling and epigenetic controls.
Recently we have been using new nanopore sequencing technologies to inexpensively query DNA sequences in ways that conventional approaches cannot attempt, such as full gene haplotyping and directly assaying epigenetic modifications. I am currently evaluating the evolutionary processes underlying microsatellite diversity and beginning to look into the evaluation of microbiome community structure in permaculture settings.

Education/Academic qualification

MS in Biology, Shippensburg University

BS in Biology and Zoology, Suny Oswego

PhD in Biology, University of North Texas

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Research Output

Differentiation of Hispanic biogeographic ancestry with 80 ancestry informative markers

Setser, C. H., Planz, J. V., Barber, R. C., Phillips, N. R., Chakraborty, R. & Cross, D. S., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 7745.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Potential applications of nanopore sequencing for forensic analysis

    Hall, C. L., Zascavage, R. R., Sedlazeck, F. J. & Planz, J. V., 1 Jan 2020, In : Forensic science review. 32, 1, p. 23-54 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Approaches to Whole Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing on the Oxford Nanopore MinION

    Zascavage, R. R., Hall, C. L., Thorson, K., Mahmoud, M., Sedlazeck, F. J. & Planz, J. V., 1 Dec 2019, In : Current Protocols in Human Genetics. 104, 1, e94.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Nanopore sequencing: An enrichment-free alternative to mitochondrial DNA sequencing

    Zascavage, R. R., Thorson, K. & Planz, J. V., Jan 2019, In : Electrophoresis. 40, 2, p. 272-280 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Deep-sequencing technologies and potential applications in forensic DNA testing

    Zascavage, R. R., Shewale, S. J. & Planz, J. V., 19 Aug 2013, Forensic DNA Analysis: Current Practices and Emerging Technologies. Taylor and Francis, p. 311-348 38 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Scopus citations