Andres Barboza Pereira

Genetics and Genomics Ph.D. Student

About Me

About Me

I'm Andres Barboza Pereira, a first year Ph.D. Student in the Blackmon Lab at Texas A&M University

My research interest are:

  • Evolution
  • Genome Structure
  • Chondrichthyes
  • Betta

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My Google Scholar

Here is a list of my current and published work:

Betta Fish Activity Patterns

Current Project

Understandig the rest and activity behavior of Betta fishes, including novel insights into their crepuscular patterns

Chromosome Number Evolution in Chondrichthyes

Current Project

Understandig the tempo and mode of chromosome number evolution in Chondrichthyes, the class containing cartilaginous fishes including sharks and rays.

Environmental Stabity and Chromosome Number

Current Project

Theoretical investigation of the interplay between chromosome number, environmental stability, and fitness, using using forward-time simulations

Undergraduate Investigation

Published Article

In situ generation of a Zwitterionic fluorescent probe for detection of human serum albumin protein

Education & Experience

Education & Experience

Here is a timeline of my education, as well as my professional experiences.


Ph.D in Genetics and Genomics

2022 - Present

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Studying genome structure in Chondrichthyes, and behavior in Betta fishes. Advised by Dr. Heath Blackmon

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

2018 - 2022

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

Graduated Summa Cum Laude with coursework focusing in biology, chemistry, and bioinformatics. Undergraduate research supervised by Dr. Rajib Choudhury

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant

Spring 2023

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

  • Lead a laboratory section of the Principles of Genetics course
  • Prepared and presented lecture materials on the topic of laboratory lessons

Laboratory Teaching Assistant & Preparator


Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

  • Prepared chemical samples and restocked laboratory workstations
  • Assisted and mentored students in laboratory techniques
  • Graded homework and reports for the laboratory section

Research Assistant

2021 - 2022

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

  • Co-author on published article in Analitical Biochemistry
  • Assisted research activities for laboratory project in organic fluorescent probe
  • Performed batch titrations on UV-vis spectrometer and fluorimeter
  • Prepared standard samples of analytes as well as proteins and enzymes
  • Performed troubleshooting in spectrometric studies

Undergraduate Research Intern

Summer 2021

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

  • Performed research activities for individual research project in osteoblast gene expression
  • Performed RT-PCR and worked on cell cultures regularly/daily
  • Wrote a research paper for poster publication and assisted in mentor’s research projects

Peer Tutor

Spring & Fall 2020

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

  • Taught and assisted students in Chemistry, Biology and Math with Calculus
  • Created tailored lesson plans and study guides on subject matter



Presenting at Evolution 2023

Presenting at Evolution 2023

Sharks @ New Mexico Aquarium

Rays @ New Mexico Aquarium

Betta Activity and Rest