Andres Barboza-Pereira

Andres Barboza

Current Institution: Arkansas Tech University

Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Fields of Interest:

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Conservation & Population Genetics

Medical Genetics – Human and Animal

When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?

The DNA code has always interested me for how mysterious and wonderful it is. Learning that the arrangement of a molecule could be the difference between a colorful bird and a gigantic whale fascinated me ever since I was introduced to the concept. My interest turned into the motivation of pursuing a career in genetics when I discovered that information could be taken from these long sequences of DNA using the immense capability of computers.

Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?

The interdisciplinary nature of the program captivated my interest as it allows me to try different research areas that interest me. It also has several faculty doing research on areas I was already interested on.

If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?

Even though it is a broad aim, I would love to research the genetic and epigenetic factors that cause different phenotypes and behaviors, specifically in hominids and primates like humans.

Fun Facts:


What would be your dream job after graduation from the program?

In academia, doing bioinformatics research in my research area of interest.

Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they.

I play the piano, but also like to try out other instruments, like the guitar and ukulele. Sometimes I try to make some EDM but nothing serious.