Tommy Rodriguez

I wear many hats. All in the name of scientific & technological prosperity.



"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, Biotechnology
University of Maryland University College
Graduate School of Environmental Management & Technology. Adelphi, MD.

FALL 2012

Master of Science, Natural Resource Policy & Administration
University of Florida
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Gainesville, FL.

FALL 2023

Graduate Certificate, Ecological Restoration
University of Florida
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Gainesville, FL.


Graduate Certificate, Bioinformatics
University of Maryland University College
Graduate School of Environmental Management & Technology. Adelphi, MD.

FALL 2011

Graduate Certificate, Life Science Education
Montana State University. Bozeman, MT.


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

FALL 2005

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

FALL 2002


A Possible Glimpse at the Role of Naturally-Occurring Radiation as a Contributing Factor to Genetic Variance among Populations of Living Organisms
International Journal of Biology

A fundamental question in evolutionary biology is understanding why some groups of organisms are highly diverse. Species diversity is the result of the balance between speciation and extinction whereas morphological disparity is primarily a consequence of adaptation. Radioresitance, among other adaptive features found in organisms, can be genetically determined and inherited. This study explores the possible consequences that naturally-occurring radiation might impose on the variance and composition of population genetics. To evaluate these possibilities, a simple statistical experiment is conducted involving 49 cytochrome gene sequences belonging to two distinct populations of eukaryotic organisms that reside on opposite ends of the radioresistance spectrum. The results show a distinct correlation between higher and lower degrees of genetic variance among these two groups, where the order, group or population that has shown increased hypersensitivity to radiation also has an increased rate of molecular evolution due to a higher mutation rate.

Publication Year: 2018

A Review on the Evolutionary Trajectories of mRNA BRCA1/2 Genes in Primates and the Implications of Cancer Susceptibility Variants within Immediate Human Populations
Journal of Applied Life Sciences International

Researchers have shown that cancer susceptibility in BRCA1/2 occurs at disproportional rates and statistical degrees across a wide range of species, particularly non-human primates. This studyincorporates two primary scopes for examining BRCA 1/2 cancer susceptibility among closely related lineages: (1) phylogenetic reconstruction of mRNA BRCA1/2 genes (both cancer susceptible and non-cancer susceptible) in variously distinct primate families (including Homo sapiens); and (2) pairwise comparative analysis of breast cancer 1 early onset BRCA1 mRNA partial cds within immediate human populations. The results generated by phylogenetic reconstruction together with pairwise comparative analysis revealed that cancer-causing alterations in BRCA1/2 appear to originate within localized gene pools at separate junctures throughout evolutionary time. This supports the explanation that BRCA1/2 genes may be undergoing rapid evolution, as revealed by unusually high proportion of dissimilarities between cancer susceptibility sequences among members of each group or species.

Publication Year: 2018

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, Proteomics and Imaging Analysis

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
Journal of Phylogenetics & Evolutionary 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 Biology, 42-53, Vol.: 11, Issue.: 1. DOI: 10.5539/ijb.v11n1p42.

Journal of Applied Life Sciences International, 2394-1103, Vol.: 18, Issue.: 2. DOI: 10.9734/JALSI/2018/43129.

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, Proteomics and Imaging Analysis, 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.

Visions of the Everglades: History Ecology Preservation. AuthorHouse. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.4754221.v1.


The Tree with Many Branches: A Collection of Essays in Computational Phylogenetics
Publisher: iUniverse
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-16-63206-49-7
Genre: Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Genomics, Computational Phylogenetics

Want to build an evolutionary tree? Here's your chance to learn how. The field of bioinformatics was born out of the need to manage, analyze, and examine raw genomic data in meaningful and exciting ways, such as the discipline of computational phylogenetics would provide. The evolutionary inferences reached among the several peer-reviewed articles contained in this book are neither novel nor breakthrough. However, it is in the application of computational techniques, experiment design, and probabilistic models where this research finds a stronghold. As a matter of practicality, the original manuscripts have been edited for a broader audience due to its highly technical language. The essays compiled in these pages have undergone a facelift, from their original scientific format into a more reader-friendly layout, as to better accommodate two different perspectives - both experts and non-experts alike.

Top 10 Contributions in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, Volume: 2018
Publisher: Avid Science
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-93-86337-62-7
Genre: Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Phylogenetics


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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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.