Sofia Robb

Sofia joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar in August 2011 and left to work at the Stower’s Institute in July 2014. She earned her PhD from the University of Utah working on the planaria Schmidtea mediterranea. Her projects in the lab focused on genomics and bioinformatics studies of transposable elements in Rice.  In collaboration with the Wessler lab, Sofia is also working on development of novel teaching materials for the Dynamic Genomes course.

She has taught at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Programming for Biology course for several years. See her blog about her current work.


Robb SMC, Lu L, Valencia E, Burnette JM III, Okumoto Y, Wessler SR, Stajich JE. The Use of RelocaTE and Unassembled Short Reads to Produce High-Resolution Snapshots of Transposable Element Generated Diversity in Rice. G3 – Genes|Genomes|Genetics, Early Online. DOI: 10.1534/g3.112.005348.

Cantarel BL, Korf I, Robb SM, Parra G, Ross E, Moore B, Holt C, Sánchez Alvarado A, Yandell M. MAKER: an easy-to-use annotation pipeline designed for emerging model organism genomes. Genome Res. 2008 Jan;18(1):188-96.

Robb SM, Ross E, Sánchez Alvarado A. SmedGD: the Schmidtea mediterranea genome database. Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Jan;36(Database issue):D599-606.

Sánchez Alvarado A, Newmark PA, Robb SM, Juste R.The Schmidtea mediterranea database as a molecular resource for studying platyhelminthes, stem cells and regeneration. Development. 2002 Dec;129(24):5659-65.

Robb SM, Sánchez Alvarado A. Identification of immunological reagents for use in the study of freshwater planarians by means of whole-mount immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy. Genesis. 2002 Apr;32(4):293-8.

Also see Sofia’s Personal Page

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