Allen G Rodrigo

Adjunct Professor of Biology

137 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 684-1698
My research focuses on evolutionary bioinformatics and computatioanl biology. In particular, I am interested in the development of novel methods to study the evolution of genes, genomes, organisms and species.


  • Ph.D., University of Canterbury (New Zealand) 1990

Nunn, CL, Alberts, SC, McClain, CR, Meshnick, SR, Vision, TJ, Wiegmann, BM, and Rodrigo, AG. "Linking Evolution, Ecology, and Health: TriCEM." BioScience 65, no. 8 (August 1, 2015): 748-749. Full Text

McKenney, EA, Rodrigo, A, and Yoder, AD. "Patterns of gut bacterial colonization in three primate species." Plos One 10, no. 5 (January 2015): e0124618-null. Full Text

Ho, C, Wu, S, Amos, JD, Colvin, L, Smith, SD, Wilks, AB, Demarco, CT, Brinkley, C, Denny, TN, Schmitz, JE, Rodrigo, AG, and Permar, SR. "Transient compartmentalization of simian immunodeficiency virus variants in the breast milk of african green monkeys." Journal of Virology 87, no. 20 (October 2013): 11292-11299. Full Text Open Access Copy

Rodrigo, A, Alberts, S, Cranston, K, Kingsolver, J, Lapp, H, McClain, C, Smith, R, Vision, T, Weintraub, J, and Wiegmann, B. "Science incubators: synthesis centers and their role in the research ecosystem." Plos Biology 11, no. 1 (January 15, 2013): e1001468-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

Thrimawithana, AH, Ortiz-Catedral, L, Rodrigo, A, and Hauber, ME. "Reduced total genetic diversity following translocations? A metapopulation approach." Conservation Genetics 14, no. 5 (2013): 1043-1055. Full Text

Cheng, Y, Guindon, S, Rodrigo, A, and Lim, SG. "Increased viral quasispecies evolution in HBeAg seroconverter patients treated with oral nucleoside therapy." Journal of Hepatology 58, no. 2 (2013): 217-224. Full Text

Cheng, Y, Guindon, S, Rodrigo, A, Wee, LY, Inoue, M, Thompson, AJV, Locarnini, S, and Lim, SG. "Cumulative viral evolutionary changes in chronic hepatitis B virus infection precedes hepatitis B e antigen seroconversion." Gut 62, no. 9 (2013): 1347-1355. Full Text

Ping, L-H, Jabara, CB, Rodrigo, AG, Hudelson, SE, Piwowar-Manning, E, Wang, L, Eshleman, SH, Cohen, MS, and Swanstrom, R. "HIV-1 transmission during early antiretroviral therapy: evaluation of two HIV-1 transmission events in the HPTN 052 prevention study. (Published online)" PLoS One 8, no. 9 (2013): e71557-. Full Text


Selected Grants

PIRE: Understanding Marine Biodiversity along Geographic and Anthropogenic Stress Gradients awarded by San Diego State University Research Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2014

Evolutionary Development Workshop awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2014

NESCent Ambassador Program awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Show Me the Evolution! awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2013

Evolutionary Analysis of the Histone Deacetylase Family: Biomedical Research awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012

CSBE: A Place for Evolutionary Synthesis in North Carolina's Research Triangle awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2011