Kira’s favorite molecule is DNA and she is therefore happy to be working in the bioinformatics team at AgBiome. She brings her molecular biology background and gene discovery skills to her current job. Kira began her industry career at Bayer CropScience doing bioinformatics and microbial toxin gene discovery. Her work there generated several patents.
After double majoring in Biology and Chemistry at Cornell University she went to the University of Connecticut for her PhD in Genetics. Her thesis work studied the role of centromeric repeated DNA in the chromosome and genome evolution of kangaroos. While at UConn she also received a Fulbright student scholarship to work with collaborators in Australia. Upon completing her PhD Kira came to North Carolina to do postdoctoral research at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Science and Policy to study lemur chromosome evolution.
Kira enjoys drinking fresh brewed espresso while having lively discussions about repetitive DNA, genome evolution, or marsupial taxonomy.