Victor A. Albert

PhD

Victor A. Albert.

Victor A. Albert

PhD

Victor A. Albert

PhD

Research Interests

Plant evolutionary biology; development and genomics

Contact Information

H530 Hochstetter Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4983

vaalbert@buffalo.edu

Education

  • Sc.B. and Sc.M., Biology, Brown University
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Postdoctoral research, Uppsala University, Sweden

Office Hours

  • By appointment

Research Summary

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; this involves assembling and analyzing draft genomes fror approximately 1,000 species of native plants.

- Sequencing and characterization of the avocado and Amborella genomes, Amborella being the single 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 developmental 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; has included 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 (CAM) photosynthetic strategy among orchids.

- Evo-devo research on the evolution of reproductive development in flowering plants; topics include B-function MADS box genes andCYCLOIDEA-like genes; the former help specify petal identity, whereas the latter participate in the control of organ symmetry.

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, ChangTH, 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.  The avocado genome informs deep angiospermphylogeny, highlights introgressive hybridization, and revealspathogen-influenced gene space adaptation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Aug 20; 116(34):17081-17089.
  • 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. Genome sequencing and population genomic analyses provide insights into the adaptive landscape of silver birch. Nat Genet. 2017 May 8.
  • Lan T, Renner T, Ibarra-Laclette E, Farr KM, Chang TH, Cervantes-Pérez SA, Zheng C, Sankoff D, Tang H, Purbojati RW, Putra A, Drautz-Moses DI, Schuster SC, Herrera-Estrella L, Albert VA. Long-read sequencing uncovers the adaptive topography of a carnivorous plant genome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 May 15. pii: 201702072.
  • 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. Genome of the pitcher plant Cephalotus reveals genetic changes associated with carnivory. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2017 Feb 6;1:0059.
  • Ibarra-Laclette E, Zamudio-Hernández F, Pérez-Torres CA, Albert VA, Ramírez-Chávez E, Molina-Torres J, Fernández-Cortes A, Calderón-Vázquez C, Olivares-Romero JL, Herrera-Estrella A, Herrera-Estrella L. De novo sequencing and analysis of Lophophora williamsii transcriptome, and searching for putative genes involved in mescaline biosynthesis. BMC Genomics. 2015 Sep 2;16:657.
  • Ibarra-Laclette E, Méndez-Bravo A, Pérez-Torres CA, Albert VA, Mockaitis K, Kilaru A, López-Gómez R, Cervantes-Luevano JI, Herrera-Estrella L. Deep sequencing of the Mexican avocado transcriptome, an ancient angiosperm with a high content of fatty acids. BMC Genomics. 2015 Aug 13;16(1):599.
  • Carretero-Paulet L, Librado P, Chang TH, Ibarra-Laclette E, Herrera-Estrella L, Rozas J, Albert VA. High Gene Family Turnover Rates and Gene Space Adaptation in the Compact Genome of the Carnivorous Plant Utricularia gibba. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2015 May;32(5):1284-95.
  • Carretero-Paulet L, Chang TH, Librado P, Ibarra-Laclette E, Herrera-Estrella L, Rozas J, Albert VA. Genome-wide analysis of adaptive molecular evolution in the carnivorous plant Utricularia gibba. Genome Biology and Evolution. 2015 Jan 9;7(2):444-56.
  • Albert VA, Carretero-Paulet L. A genome to unveil the mysteries of orchids. Nature Genetics. 2015 Jan;47(1):3-4.
  • Albert VA, Chang TH. Evolution of a hot genome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Apr 8;111(14):5069-70.
  • Juntheikki-Palovaara I, Tähtiharju S, Lan T, Broholm SK, Rijpkema AS, Ruonala R, Kale L, Albert VA, Teeri TH, Elomaa P. Functional diversification of duplicated CYC2 clade genes in regulation of inflorescence development in Gerbera hybrida (Asteraceae). Plant Journal. 2014 Sep;79(5):783-96.