Welcoming New Faculty: Alejandro Riveros Walker

riveros walkerAlejandro Riveros Walker, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the Department of Oral Biology as a research assistant scientist on January 11.

His focus is on developing new methods for data analysis from various “-omics” platforms, as well as application of traditional bioinformatics platforms to data analysis, performing methodological and collaborative research in developing and applying computational bioinformatics and biostatistics methods and tools that manage high throughput data. In addition, Riveros Walker is performing analysis on the “-omics” data that is generated in the laboratory including next generation sequencing, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics. He is also conducting various experiments in molecular microbiology including Tn-Seq and functional genomics, to dissect regulatory pathways.

Riveros Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in 1993 and master’s degree in 2001 in forestry engineering from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Then, in August 2014, he completed a Ph.D. in forestry with an emphasis in quantitative genetics/genomics, with a minor in applied statistics from the University of Florida. He did postdoctoral study as a fellow in bioinformatics in the biology department at West Virginia University in Morgantown from 2014 to 2016. Following that he returned to UF as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Biostatistics through 2018, and then joined UFCD as a postdoctoral associate in oral biology.