Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. Genetics
University of Utah: PhD Biological Anthropology, 2019
Dissertation title: Genetic variation in toll-like receptor 7 and toll-like receptor 8 in humans and howler monkeys and potential implications for susceptibility to yellow fever virus
Dr. Nicole Torosin studies evolution using a comparative phylogenetic framework. Her research interests are primate immune genetic evolution, Drosophila genomics, environmental specific evolution, and 3D genome organization.
For her graduate work, Dr. Torosin studied genetic variation in innate immune genes toll-like receptor (TLR) 7 and TLR8 across the primate phylogeny to identify genetic candidates underlying the variable susceptibility of primates to yellow fever virus. She focused on neotropical howler monkeys since they are the most susceptible of all primates to yellow fever virus. Dr. Torosin collected fecal samples from endangered populations in Northern Argentina.
Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Chris Ellison's laboratory in the Department of Genetics here at Rutgers. She now also studies the evolution of 3D genome conformation in Drosophila and how divergence may affect gene expression.