A photograph of Karolis.

Karolis Ramanauskas
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
840 W. Taylor St. SEL 4093 M/C 067
Chicago, IL 60607
E-Mail: kraman2@uic.edu

I am a graduate student in the Igić lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I study mating system evolution in flowering plants.

More specifically, I am interested in the molecular evolution and genetic architecture of the S-ribonuclease-based mechanism of self-incompatibility found in many angiosperms. It is unclear whether this mechanism originated once and this homology is retained across eudicots, or if its components were re-recruited independently.

A lot of my day-to-day activities are centered around the construction and manipulation of phylogenetic trees. I have recently developed a software pipeline called PhyloMill which automates the process of sequence acquisition from public databases, their filtering and alignment.