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Benjamin is a researcher with a background in Cell and Molecular Biology and Plant Genetics. Benjamin is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in a laboratory associated with the Diabetes Research Center. Benjamin's research focuses on cell signaling mechanisms feeding into the synergistic relationship between the glucagon and insulin receptors. Prior to starting at the University of Alabama, Benjamin was an undergraduate research assistant at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Discusses how transposable elements can shape the appearance and resilience of various organisms such as domesticated rice, corn, and soybeans. Demonstrates that accumulation of two specific transposable elements contributes to the burst of the mPing transposable element and characterize the activity of the mPing element.