Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Vanessa González

Computational Genomics Scientist, GGI
Department / Division
  • Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2013 
  • M.S. California State University, Los Angeles (Biological Systematics), 2007 
  • B.S. University of California, Los Angeles (Marine Biology), 2005
Research Interests

I currently serve as a Computational Genomics Scientist for the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) – an initiative aimed at preserving and understanding the genomic diversity of life. My research focuses on understanding how species are related across the tree of life. I lead projects in genome biology and evolutionary bioinformatics, specializing on working with "big data." After receiving my Ph.D. from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in 2013, I began research at the Smithsonian focusing broadly on biodiversity genomics, systematics, and invertebrate biology.

Areas of Expertise: Systematics, Evolution, Invertebrate Zoology, Biodiversity Genomics & Bioinformatics.

  • Buenaventura, Eliana, Lloyd, Michael W., Perilla Lopez, Juan Manuel, Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Thomas-Cabianca, Arianna, and Dikow, Torsten. 2020. "Protein-encoding ultraconserved elements provide a new phylogenomic perspective of Oestroidea flies (Diptera: Calyptratae)." Systematic Entomology
  • Harasewych, M. G., Sei, Makiri, Wirshing, Herman H., Gonzalez, Vanessa L., and Uribe, Juan E. 2019. "The complete mitochondrial genome of Neptuneopsis gilchristi GB Sowerby III, 1898 (Neogastropoda: Volutidae: Calliotectinae)." The Nautilus 133 (3-4):67–73.
  • González, Vanessa,L., Devine, Amanda M., Trizna, Mike, Mulcahy, Daniel G., Barker, Katherine, and Coddington, Jonathan A. 2018. "Open access genomic resources for terrestrial arthropods." Current Opinion in Insect Science 25:91–98.
  • Wood, Hannah M., González, Vanessa L., Lloyd, Michael, Coddington, Jonathan, and Scharff, Nikolaj. 2018. "Next-Generation museum genomics: phylogenetic relationships among palpimanoid spiders using sequence capture techniques (Araneae: Palpimanoidea)." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 127:907–918.
  • Harasewych, M. G., González, Vanessa L., Windsor, Amanda M., and Halloran, Margaret. 2017. "The complete mitochondrial genome of Cerion uva uva (Gastropoda: Panpulmonata: Stylommatophora: Cerionidae)." Mitochondrial DNA. Part B. Resources 2 (1):159–160.
  • Schwager, Evelyn E., Sharma, Prashant P., Clarke, Thomas, Leite, Daniel J., Wierschin, Torsten, Pechmann, Matthias, Akiyama-Oda, Yasuko, Esposito, Lauren, Bechsgaard, Jesper, Bilde, Trine, Buffry, Alexandra D., Chao, Hsu, Dinh, Huyen, Doddapaneni, HarshaVardhan, Dugan, Shannon, Eibner, Cornelius, Extavour, Cassandra G., Funch, Peter, Garb, Jessica, Gonzalez, Luis B., Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Griffiths-Jones, Sam, Han, Yi, Hayashi, Cheryl, Hilbrant, Maarten et al. 2017. "The house spider genome reveals an ancient whole-genome duplication during arachnid evolution." BMC biology 15 (1):62.
  • Gonzalez, Vanessa L., Kayal, Ehsan, Halloran, Margaret, Shrestha, Yesha, and Harasewych, M. G. 2016. "The complete mitochondrial genome of the land snail Cerion incanum (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora) and the phylogenetic relationships of Cerionidae within Panpulmonata." Journal of Molluscan Studies 82 (4):525–533.
  • Ješovnik, Ana, González, Vanessa L., and Schultz, Ted R. 2016. "Phylogenomics and Divergence Dating of Fungus-Farming Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Genera Sericomyrmex and Apterostigma." PloS One 11 (7):
  • Lemer, Sarah, González, Vanessa L., Bieler, Rü, and Giribet, Gonzalo. 2016. "Cementing mussels to oysters in the pteriomorphian tree: a phylogenomic approach." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283 (1833):20160857.
  • Lemer, Sarah, Kawauchi, Gisele Y., Andrade, Sónia C. S., González, Vanessa L., Boyle, Michael J., and Giribet, Gonzalo. 2015. "Re-evaluating the phylogeny of Sipuncula through transcriptomics." Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 83:174–183.

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