Areas of expertise: evolutionary biology, genomics,
plant genomics, flowers, junk DNA
Victor Albert, PhD, co-led high-profile studies to sequence the genome of plants including Amborella, coffee and the carnivorous bladderwort, Utricularia gibba. He employs genomic, developmental and genetic approaches to understanding problems in plant evolutionary biology.
In 2013, Albert’s research sparked international debate about the purpose of junk DNA, gene-less DNA that makes up the vast majority of the human genome. With colleagues, he found that just 3 percent of the bladderwort’s genome is junk, raising questions about whether this genetic material is needed for complex life.
His research on the origin and evolution of plants has been published in top journals, including Science and Nature.
Victor A. Albert, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
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