• Publications

    *formerly Elizabeth Aguilar


    Aguilar, R, et al. "Tigerfish designs oligonucleotide-based in situ hybridization probes targeting intervals of highly repetitive DNA at the scale of genomes." bioRxiv (2023): 2023-03.


    Aguilar, R. (2022). From Canvases to Microscopes: Building Uplifting Community and Research Spaces Within and Beyond Genomics. ACS Chemical Biology, 17(5), 1011-1012.


    Aguilar, R. "Breaking the binary by coming out as a trans scientist." Nature Careers, 591.7849 (2021): 334-335.


    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.

  • Current Projects

    My current research projects, leadership, and curricula development.

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    June 2019 - Present

    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.

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    June 2019 - Present

    FISHtank is a pan-genomic database being developed in Python 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.

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    January 2019 - Present

    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 Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, people with disabilities, DACA Dreamers, first-generation scholars, and those with intersecting identities. We aim to provide peer support, mentorship, community, and local outreach to support community in our program.

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    Teaching Genomics from a Perspective Racial Justice and Queer Liberation.

    June 2020 - Present

    Currently, the field of genomics lacks comprehensive curricula and workshops supporting Black, Indigenous, and scientists of color at the intersections of LGBTQIA2S+ identity while addressing 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.

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    Transcriptions Art Zine

    June 2021 - Present

    I am currently organizing an ongoing zine featuring the art, stories, and creative works of trans, gender nonconforming, and Two Spirit researchers globally. Our first edition zine was just launched this past summer and is free to read and download here! 


    If you'd like to get involved please don't hesitate to reach out!

  • Download My Curriculum Vitae

    To learn more about my seminars, awards, grants, and leadership please download my CV.

    I am currently available for speaking engagements on many topics - please contact me!