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UC researchers, led by Edwin Solares, used advanced computing to map the genome of the Gwen avocado, finding that the dominant Hass variety originated from Guatemalan ancestry. The study offers insights into avocado domestication and identifies genomic regions related to hetero-dichogamy for potential crop improvement. Advanced computing resources, including the Expanse supercomputer, supported the research.

Link: https://today.ucsd.edu/story/avocado-genome-is-at-the-center-of-new-study

UC, the first institution to join the SEA Change program systemwide, is dedicated to removing barriers in STEMM fields with a focus on diversity. Postdoc Edwin Solares exemplifies this commitment, showcasing UC’s ongoing efforts for faculty and graduate student diversity.  

Link: https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/all-uc-joins-uc-davis-aaas-sea-change-faculty-diversity

Edwin Solares, a UC Davis postdoc, is involved in UC’s “Growing Our Own” initiative to diversify graduate programs and faculty in California. The program targets underrepresented backgrounds, aiming to recruit diverse graduate students and create a faculty that mirrors California’s diversity.

Link: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/growing-our-own-developing-faculty-reflects-california


Edwin Solares, a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Genomics, is the second Ecology and Evolutionary Biology student to earn the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, supporting diversity in STEM. Solares actively contributes to initiatives like La Causa Charter School and conducts research addressing food insecurity through plant genomics. His story emphasizes the crucial need for inclusivity in academia.

Link: https://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu/eeb-spotlight-edwin-solares/

Edwin Solares at UC Irvine used supercomputers Comet and Bridges to sequence Chardonnay grape, mosquito, and thorny skate genomes, improving efficiency with HapSolo and XSEDE allocations. This highlights the key role of supercomputers in research, supported by NSF and NIH grants.

Link: https://www.sdsc.edu/News%20Items/PR20210511_dna_lineage.html