About Dr. Wei-Chin Ho

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Tyler. My research program integrates genetics, genomics, evolution, microbiology, and bioinformatics. Theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches are used, with emphases on multiple levels of omics and experimental evolution in microorganisms. Currently, I am particularly focusing on microbial genetics and evolution, considering population-genetic forces and environmental changes. The topics include mutation (rates & effects), genetic drift, selection, robustness (canalization), plasticity, correlated evolution, etc. In addition, I am interested in discovering the relationship between fitness and traits as well as identifying the molecular mechanisms shaping fitness-related traits, such as growth curves, metabolism, biofilm formation, and antibiotic resistance.