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Der, Joshua P.

Assistant Professor of Biological Science

Biological Science

Office: 657-278-4115

Department: 657-278-3614



Dr. Der is a broadly trained plant evolutionary biologist. His research uses molecular and genomic technologies combined with computational bioinformatics and evolutionary analyses to investigate diverse questions in plant biology. The major theme of his research revolves around understanding the genetic and genomic features associated with the evolution of development in major life history transitions in plants, including the origin of flowering plants, the transition from haploid- to diploid-dominant life cycles in land plants (with a focus on ferns), and the morphological and genetic adaptations to haustorial parasitism and the mistletoe habit. The research methods used in his lab include molecular phylogenetics and comparative genomics, gene expression analysis, population genetics and systems biology. He has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, The Plant Cell, American Journal of Botany, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • genomics
  • plant science
  • biodiversity

  • Biological Science
  • Evolution

  • North America