Lab and Collection Manager, Microbiology
Claudia Rocha is a Lab and Collection Manager for the Microbiology Department. She also manages the Ichthyology Tissue Collection where researchers around the world can request genetic samples as loans to answer questions on evolution, ecology, biodiversity and even climate change. One of her research focuses is on coral reef fishes, primarily on discovering viruses in coral reef fishes at different ecosystems. Her last publications are descriptions of new species of fish. Also, she collaborates with other departments at the CalAcademy like the Entomology, iNaturalist Center, Center for Comparative Genomics and the Steinhart Aquarium to help them respond to questions using genomic tools.