Srihari Radhakrishnan
Srihari Radhakrishnan
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BCB) Program
Iowa State University

I am a doctoral candidate enrolled in the BCB program working in Dr. Nicole Valenzuela's lab in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. Our lab studies evolutionary and ecological genomics, with turtles as the model system. Turtles are cool organisms to study - because while most turtle species have Temperature-dependent Sex Determination (TSD), a few species across multiple lineages have independently evolved Genotypic Sex Determination (GSD). As a turtle researcher, I study the transcriptional, epigenetic and chromosomal underpinnings of their sex determination systems using a wide array of Bioinformatics techniques. I also consult with BCBLab, a graduate student initiative specializing in the application of Computational and Bioinformatics solutions to a wide range of biological problems. I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant during the Fall and Spring semesters for Bio 211L.

I completed my undergraduate studies in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India in 2008. I worked as a Bioinformatics Engineer at Histogenetics Labs, Chennai, India for a couple of years before stepping on the launchpad to graduate school, to pursue higher education in Bioinformatics.

Apart from my research, my interests include travelling, spy novels, cryptic crossword puzzles, puns, playing the guitar and listening to psychedelic/heavy metal/classical music. I enjoy conversations on issues relating to politics, sports, philosophy, evolution and life in general. I've also taken a fondness to long distance running since mid-2014.

Download my CV here [Updated Jan 2015].

Contact me at
201 Bessey Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Email: [be sure to remove the poly-A tail]

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1. H. Bradley Shaffer, Patrick Minx, Daniel E. Warren, Andrew M. Shedlock, Robert C. Thomson, Nicole Valenzuela, John Abramyan, Daleen Badenhorst, Kyle K. Biggar, Glen M. Borchert, Christopher W. Botka, Rachel M. Bowden, Edward L. Braun, Anne M. Bronikowski, Benoit G. Bruneau, Leslie T. Buck, Blanche Capel, Todd A. Casto, Mike Czerwinski, Kim D. Delehaunty, Scott W. Edwards, Catrina C. Fronick, Matthew K. Fujita, Lucinda Fulton, Tina A. Graves, Richard E. Green, Wilfried Haerty, Ramkumar Hariharan, LaDeana W. Hillier, Alisha K. Holloway, Daniel Janes, Fredric J. Janzen, Cyriac Kandoth, Lesheng Kong, A. P. Jason de Koning, Yang Li, Robert Literman, Suzanne E. McGaugh, Lindsey Mork, Michelle O'Laughlin, Ryan T. Paitz, David D. Pollock, Chris P. Ponting, Srihari Radhakrishnan, Brian J. Raney, Joy M. Richman, John St. John, Tonia Schwartz, Arun Sethuraman, Phillip Q. Spinks, Kenneth B. Storey, Nay Thane, Tomas Vinar, Laura M. Zimmerman, Wesley C. Warren, Elaine R. Mardis, and Richard K. Wilson. The Painted Turtle Genome: extreme physiological adaptations in a slowly evolving lineage. Genome Biology. In press. doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-3-r28. pdf

2. Toth, Amy L, John F. Tooker, Srihari Radhakrishnan, Robert Minard, Michael T. Henshaw and Christina M. Grozinger. Shared genes related to aggression, rather than chemical communication, are associated with reproductive dominance in paper wasps (Polistes metricus). BMC genomics 15.1 (2014): 75. pdf


1. Srihari Radhakrishnan, Andrew J. Severin, Robert Literman and Nicole Valenzuela, Comparative transcriptomic dynamics during embryonic gonadal development in turtles with genotypic and temperature-dependent sex determination, Plant and Animal Genomics conference XXI, San Diego Jan 12-16, 2013.

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