Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (PAFTOL)
Discovering and disseminating the evolutionary history of all plant and fungal genera.
I work on the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (PAFTOL) project which aims to construct complete genus-level phylogenies for all 14,000 flowering plant genera by 2020 using Kew's extraordinary collections, collaborative networks and high-throughput sequencing technologies.
I am responsible for sourcing and preparing samples and conducting and optimising molecular biological lab techniques such as DNA extraction and purification, library preparation for DNA sequencing, bait hybridisation, and next generation sequencing on an Illumina Miseq platform to deliver high quality genomic data.
Buerki, S., Gallaher, T., Booth, T., Brewer, G., Forest, F., and Callmander, M.W. (2016).
Candollea; 71(2): 217-229.