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  Merly Escalona

Merly Escalona

Assistant Project Scientist


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Baskin School of Engineering

Biomolecular Engineering

Assistant Project Scientist



Biomedical Sciences

8-17 (by appointment)

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Currently working on genome assembly of a very wide taxonomy range as part of the California Conservation Genomics project (CCGP). As the genome assembler of CCGP, I'm in charge of assembling genomes of ~150 different species. 

Since I joined UCSC I've been involved in genome assembly of human and non-human primates and developing tools for gap closing and genome assembly QC based on Chicago,HiC and OmniC data.

During my Ph.D. I worked on HTS/NGS data simulations and their underlying genomic data to understand the impact of several NGS parameters in the phylogenetic inference pipeline.



BSc. Software Engineering / Computer Science (2013)  University of Vigo, Spain

MSc. Adaptive and Intelligent Software Systems (2013) University of Vigo, Spain

Ph.D. Methodologies and applications in life sciences / Computational Biology / Bioinformatics (2018) University of Vigo, Spain

  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genome assembly
  • Simulation of high throughput sequencing

- Bioinformatics

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