Kim Vertacnik

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  • Ph.D. Biology - University of Kentucky, 2020
  • Biology
200A Thomas Hunt Morgan Building
(859) 323-3160

I study the evolution of host-use specialization in pine sawflies. My focus is on chemosensation (the senses of taste and smell) and how genomic changes lead to the use of specific hosts. To investigate this, I use comparative genomics to look at the molecular evolution of related chemosensory genes across different species.