Tommy Rodriguez

Computational Biologist }} Computer Programmer }} Nature Enthusiast }} Science Writer


"Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life."
- Marcus Aurelius


Master of Science in Biotechnology
University of Maryland University College
Graduate School of Environmental Management & Technology. Adelphi, MD.


Postgraduate Certification in Life Science [Microbial Genetics]
Montana State University. Bozeman, MT.

MAY 2016

Postgraduate Certification in Bioinformatics
University of Maryland University College
Graduate School of Environmental Management & Technology. Adelphi, MD.


Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Florida International University
School of Computer Science & Engineering. Miami, FL
Minor in Classical History


Associate in Arts, Life Science
Miami Dade College. Miami, FL



Early Vertebrate Evolution
University of Alberta


Network Analysis in Systems Biology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

FALL 2016


Phylogenetic Analysis of Maternal Lineages in Modern-Day Breeds of British Canis lupus familiaris
International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences

Domesticated dogs are byproducts of controlled breeding practices that make it difficult to establish a historically accurate phylogeny of divergent events among any localized group. Despite the difficulties of arriving at an accurate inference, this study found distinct phylogenetic clusters within modernday British dogs that largely corresponded to phenotype or function. Here, I examine maternal lineages among post-Victorian dog breeds by way of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences. Two distinct sets of raw sequences were used in this investigation. My results will show that modern-day hounds, herding breeds, and spaniels fall nearest the midpoint of unrooted trees and contain the highest nucleotide substitution rates in the entire network, making these particular varieties strong candidates for the closest living relatives to the oldest lineages of European ancestry in Britain.

Publication Year: 2017

Interpreting Large-Scale Phylogenetic Models of Mammal Class Diversification Based on Mitochondrial Biomarkers
Journal of Bioinformatics and Proteomics Review

This investigation reexamines mammal class diversification from a comparative phylogenetic perspective. By reconstructing a large-scale phylogeny based on mitochondrial biomarkers, I seek to reaffirm models of mammal class diversification among lineages that endured through the K-T event and onward. Two hundred thirty-five complete mtDNA sequences and sixty-two major taxa families within the class mammalia were represented in this study. My results will show that divergence among early eutherian mammals can be traced to a single modern group that shares homologous traits with the oldest eutherian fossil species ever found. Moreover, molecular clock analysis of phylogenetic reconstruction highlights the position taken by others - rapid diversification between marsupial and placental mammals may have occurred much earlier than traditional models presume.

Publication Year: 2016

Phylogenetic Considerations in the Evolutionary Development of Aminoglycoside Resistance Genes in Pathogenic Bacteria
Annual Research & Review in Biology

This study revisits antibiotic resistance as a source of evolutionary development in pathogenic bacteria. By taking a molecular phylogenetic approach to this inquiry, I seek to find homologous correlations in antimicrobial resistance gene families across a broad spectrum of bacteria, as to identify the possible acquisition of those genes through divergent events in evolutionary context. In order to test this, I examine the various degrees of genetic similarity in two antimicrobial resistance genomic datasets, namely aadA1 & aadA2 aminoglycoside resistance genes, among bacteria that occur in a multitude of environments. Moreover, the results from phylogenetic analysis suggests that pathogenic antibiotic resistance for aadA1 & aadA2 aminoglycoside resistance genes may have been acquired through evolutionary events with a common ancestor of a soil-dwelling bacterium.

Publication Year: 2015

Identifying Significant Biological Markers in Klotho Gene Variants Across Wide Ranging Taxonomy
Journal of Molecular Biology Research

Biological aging is marked by progressively degenerative physiological change that causes damage to tissues and organs. Errors in biopolymers accumulate over time; mitochondrial dysfunction, telomere attrition, and wider genomic instability lead to an altered state of intercellular communication. In this investigation, my focus will be aimed at examining and identifying specifically critical biomarkers in genetic variants of KLOTHO (a transmembrane protein involved in the genetic regulation of age-related disease) among organisms with varied life spans that range across wide taxonomical rankings. Here, I investigate the correlation between lower and higher frequency a-amino acid compositions in Klotho protein factors within a grouped methodology; as to also include several demonstrative techniques in comparative sequence analysis for inferring relatedness in evolutionary context.

Publication Year: 2015

Technological Perspectives in Phylogeny Research: Revisiting Comparative Analysis of Complete Mitochondrial Genomes for Time-Extended Lineages
Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology

This article seeks to emphasize a simplified approach to phylogeny research using complete mitochondrial genomes alone, while touching upon a number of technological perspectives, such as algorithmic selection, which can help improve accuracy and performance in comparative analysis. My results will show that reliable estimations can be obtained by using mitochondrial markers, even among time-extended taxonomical rankings. Six distinct mammalian groups of taxa were selected for comparison. In all cases, mtDNA models generated reliable phylogeny approximations when compared against other independent data, while rendering exceptional computational performance.

Publication Year: 2014


International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences Volume 5, Issue 9, 2017, Page No: 41-47. DOI: 10.20431/2349-0365.0509008.

Journal of Bioinformatics and Proteomics Review, Rev 2(3): 1- 07. DOI: 10.15436/2381-0793.16.1181.

Annual Research & Review in Biology, ISSN: 2347-565X,Vol.: 9, Issue.: 2. DOI: 10.9734/ARRB/2016/22895.

Journal of Molecular Biology Research,5(1), p11. DOI: 10.5539/jmbr.v5n1p11.

Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 5, 470-477. DOI: 10.4236/abb.2014.55057.

Mutation & Inheritance: The Long Term Effects of Naturally Occurring Radiation on Living Systems. figshare. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.873634.


Under the Microscope: A Collection of Essays in Biotechnology Research
Publisher: iUniverse
Language: English
Genre: Science, Biology, Evolution, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Genomics, Computational Biology


Visions of the Everglades: History Ecology Preservation
Publisher: Author House
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468507486
ISBN-13: 978-1468507485
Genre: Educational, Nature, Science

Curiosity has driven Tommy Rodriguez deep into the marshlands and swamps of sunny South Florida. Visions of the Everglades chronicles his experiences in the Florida Everglades. A sense of adventure compelled Rodriguez to take on the task of exploring and documenting its habitats in search of something new. What he found was an experience like no other. Apart from narrating those experiences, this illustrated book is meant to broaden Everglades awareness. Because of the recent environmental challenges facing this ecosystem, Rodriguez has taken it upon himself to educate the public about preservation and conservation efforts to restore Florida's Everglades.

His hope is that this book will serve as a launching board of interest in matters of ecosystem preservation and inspire individuals to get involved.

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Diaries of Dissension Second Edition: A Case Against the Irrational and Absurd
Publisher: iUniverse
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475919336
ISBN-13: 978-1475919332
Genre: Science & Religion

Have you ever questioned the premise of your religious faith? Tommy Rodriguez certainly has. In fact, he is no stranger to questioning conventional wisdom. Having spent most of his adult life contemplating over such things, Rodriguez learned a thing or two about his religion that eventually sent him spiraling down a path of dissension and doubt. His first book entitled, "Diaries of Dissension," proposes the question ... is religion a legitimate source of truth? Rodriguez embarks on a self-illuminating quest to answer this question, plus many more.

Years of scientific research have led Rodriguez to value the importance of skeptical inquiry. Written for the non-specialist, this book seeks to propagate a public understanding for science education. In doing so, Rodriguez pursues the ambitious task of taking on the tenets of religion in order to resolve humanity's most profound questions, while invoking a few surprising twists that Rodriguez foresees as an inescapable predicament to religious faith.

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Quote from Visions of the Everglades
"We humans have a questionable track record in our dealings with the environment. Recent studies show that complete restoration of Florida's Everglades could take approximately 30 years and 7.8 billion dollars. There's a lot of work to be done - but the damage is not irreversible. Together, through conservation and public awareness, we may be able to correct many of these unfortunate trends. Today, it is not enough to just appreciate nature - we have to actively work to protect it." - Tommy Rodriguez