My current research projects, leadership, and curricula development.
Tigerfish is a software tool I am developing to design oligonucleotide-based FISH probes capable of performing multiplexed imaging of satellite DNA in single cells. Applications of Tigerfish may be used to validate genome assemblies, survey chromosome aberrations, and study 3D genome organization in highly repetitive genomic regions.
FISHtank is a pan-genomic database being developed in SQL to provide genome-wide datasets of oligo probes against satellite DNA in model organisms. This community resource will be used for oligo FISH probe design that is readily accessible to users and may be widely applicable for evolutionary biology studies.
Genome Sciences Association for the Inclusion of Marginalized Students (GSAIMS)
Genome Sciences Association for the Inclusion of Marginalized Students (GSAIMS) is a group of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in expanding the spaces and support for BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, people with disabilities, DACA Dreamers, first-generation scholars, and those who have experienced oppression in STEM. We are a trainee led organization in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. We aim to provide peer support, mentorship, and guidance to aid individuals as they transition and navigate through their graduate and professional careers. We seek to provide opportunities for students to participate in events that will allow for inclusive and intersectional dialogue for all participants. GSAIMS aspires to provide a closer connection to more diverse student organizations within UW and outreach opportunities in Seattle.
Teaching Genomics from a Perspective of Inclusion and Accessibility
Currently, the field of genomics lacks comprehensive curricula and workshops supporting people at the intersections of LGBTQIA2S+ identity and anti-Blackness, xenophobia, racism, disability, and low-income economic status. With my work, I aim to create and develop curricula and workshops that center racial justice and queer liberation, addressing how we can make the field of genomics more accessible and inclusive for individuals at the intersections of LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC identity. Additionally, I aim to deconstruct and unpack Latinx identities and critically examine how the concept of Latinidad erases Black and Indigenous bodies particularly in the context of STEM spaces. As I work with communities with inherited trauma and resilience, I aim to continue to learn and engage in a way that is compassionate and accessible.
*formerly Elizabeth Aguilar
Telis, N., Aguilar, R., & Harris, K. (2019). Selection against archaic DNA in human regulatory regions. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 708230.
Bastida-Ruiz, D., Aguilar, E., Ditisheim, A., Yart, L., & Cohen, M. (2017). Endoplasmic reticulum stress responses in placentation-A true balancing act. Placenta, 57, 163-169.