Kojun Kanda, Ph.D.


  • Research Interests:┬áMy research interests focus on using molecular tools to infer phylogenetic relationships within the Tenebrionidae. For my dissertation I inferred the phylogeny of the family using 4 nuclear genes. I also conducted a preliminary phylogenomic analysis of the Pimeliinae using transcriptomic data. Currently I am working on developing additional genomic resources for Tenebrionidae including target capture probe sets in Asidini (Pimeliinae). I am also working on a phylogenomic study of the entire family to infer the early divergences in the family, which could not be resolved with PCR-derived datasets.