Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Victor Anthony Albert

Visiting Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Email: valbert@ntu.edu.sg
Prof Victor Anthony Albert

Biography
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992.
ScM, Brown University, 1989.
AB, Brown University, 1986.

Victor Albert is currently Empire Innovation Professor of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo, United States.
Research Interests
Victor Albert’s research employs genomic, developmental, and genetic approaches to understanding problems in plant evolutionary biology. Areas of current interest include:

- Genome sequencing and biodiversity "omics" analysis of the flora of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore.

- Sequencing and characterization of the avocado and Amborella genomes, Amborella being the sister species to all other flowering plants, and avocado lying near the base of angiosperm phylogeny; use these and other genomes in an attempt to uncover reproductive regulatory mechanisms common to the “ancestral angiosperm”.

- Population genomic approaches to the study of interspecies admixture, local environmental adaptation, and the evolution of agriculturally important traits.

- Genomics of the coffee plant; seeking evidence for factors underlying the massive diversification of its parent lineage in fruit types and secondary compound chemistries, and working toward better knowledge of traits important for developing agricultural systems.

- Reconstruction of whole-genome duplication history as it relates to the diversification of flowering plants, also the ancestral gene order for all angiosperms.

- The genetic basis for convergent evolution and “adaptive” radiations of plant forms, for example in the bladderwort/butterwort lineage of carnivorous plants; this includes complete genome sequencing of the humped bladderwort, Utricularia gibba, and other carnivorous plant species.

- The role of mechanistic co-option in the evolution of carnivorous plant physiology, for example, by repurposing of pathogenesis-related gene functions.

- Evolution of the Crassulacean Acid Metabolism photosynthetic strategy among orchids.

- Evo-devo research on the evolution of reproductive development in flowering plants; topics include B-function MADS box genes and CYCLOIDEA-like genes; the former help specify petal identity, whereas the latter participate in the control of organ symmetry.
Current Projects
  • Evolutionary and population genomics of diverse plants and animals
Selected Publications
  • Rendón-Anaya M, Ibarra-Laclette E, Méndez-Bravo A, Lan T, Zheng C, Carretero-Paulet L, Perez-Torres CA, Chacón-López A, Hernandez-Guzmán G, Chang TH, Farr KM, Barbazuk WB, Chamala S, Mutwil M, Shivhare D, Alvarez-Ponce D, Mitter N, Hayward A, Fletcher S, Rozas J, Sánchez Gracia A, Kuhn D, Barrientos-Priego AF, Salojärvi J, Librado P, Sankoff D, Herrera-Estrella A, *ALBERT VA, *Herrera-Estrella L. (2019). The avocado genome informs deep angiosperm phylogeny, highlights introgressive hybridization, and reveals pathogen-influenced gene space adaptation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Aug 6, 10.1073/pnas.1822129116.
  • Salojärvi J, Smolander OP, Nieminen K, Rajaraman S, Safronov O, Safdari P, Lamminmäki A, Immanen J, Lan T, Tanskanen J, Rastas P, Amiryousefi A, Jayaprakash B, Kammonen JI, Hagqvist R, Eswaran G, Ahonen VH, Serra JA, Asiegbu FO, de Dios Barajas-Lopez J, Blande D, Blokhina O, Blomster T, Broholm S, Brosché M, Cui F, Dardick C, Ehonen SE, Elomaa P, Escamez S, Fagerstedt KV, Fujii H, Gauthier A, Gollan PJ, Halimaa P, Heino PI, Himanen K, Hollender C, Kangasjärvi S, Kauppinen L, Kelleher CT, Kontunen-Soppela S, Koskinen JP, Kovalchuk A, Kärenlampi SO, Kärkönen AK, Lim KJ, Leppälä J, Macpherson L, Mikola J, Mouhu K, Mähönen AP, Niinemets Ü, Oksanen E, Overmyer K, Palva ET, Pazouki L, Pennanen V, Puhakainen T, Poczai P, Possen BJHM, Punkkinen M, Rahikainen MM, Rousi M, Ruonala R, van der Schoot C, Shapiguzov A, Sierla M, Sipilä TP, Sutela S, Teeri TH, Tervahauta AI, Vaattovaara A, Vahala J, Vetchinnikova L, Welling A, Wrzaczek M, Xu E, Paulin LG, Schulman AH, Lascoux M, *ALBERT VA, *Auvinen P, *Helariutta Y, *Kangasjärvi J. (2017). Genome sequencing and population genomic analyses provide insights into the adaptive landscape of silver birch. Nature Genetics, 49(6), 904-912.
  • *Fukushima K, Fang X, Alvarez-Ponce D, Cai H, Carretero-Paulet L, Chen C, Chang T-H, Farr KM, Fujita T, Hiwatashi Y, Hoshi Y, Imai T, Kasahara M, Librado P, Mao L, Mori H, Nishiyama T, Nozawa M, Pálfalvi G, Pollard ST, Rozas J, Sánchez-Gracia A, Sankoff D, Shibata TF, Shigenobu S, Sumikawa N, Uzawa T, Xie M, Zheng C, Pollock DD, *ALBERT VA, *Li S, *Hasebe M. (2017). Genome of the pitcher plant Cephalotus reveals genetic changes associated with carnivory. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1(59).
  • Denoeud F, Carretero-Paulet L, Dereeper A, Droc G, Guyot R, Pietrella M, Zheng C, Alberti A, Anthony F, Aprea G, Aury J-M, Bento P, Bernard M, Bocs S, Campa C, Cenci A, Combes M-C, Crouzillat D, Da Silva C, Daddiego L, De Bellis F, Dussert S, Garsmeur O, Gayraud T, Guignon V, Jahn K, Jamilloux V, Joët T, Labadie K, Lan T, Leclercq J, Lepelley M, Leroy T, Li L-T, Librado P, Lopez L, Muñoz A, Noel B, Pallavicini A, Perrotta G, Poncet V, Pot D, Priyono, Rigoreau M, Rouard M, Rozas J, Tranchant-Dubreuil C, VanBuren R, Zhang Q, Andrade AC, Argout X, Bertrand B, de Kochko A, Graziosi G, Henry RJ, Jayarama, Ming R, Nagai C, Rounsley S, Sankoff D, Giuliano G, *ALBERT VA, *Wincker P, *Lashermes P. (2014). The coffee genome provides insight into the convergent evolution of caffeine biosynthesis. Science, 345(6201), 1181-4.

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