Dept. of Human Genetics & Dept. of Ecology and Evolution
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist
Ziyue received a B.A. in Biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2010). She is currently a graduate student in the Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology program.Her research interests lie in modeling long-lived balancing selection and identifying targets in humans and other species.
Research Specialist, working jointly with Marcelo Nobrega.
Patricia received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Biology at Complutense University in Madrid. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biology at the same university in 2008, focusing on the cytological and molecular characterization of two novel heterochromatic proteins in the diptera Sciara coprophila. During her postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago, she studied the biological role of laminins, major component of basement membranes, in epithelial morphogenesis and cell migration.
Amir holds a B.Sc. in Applied Physics (Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran), M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada) and a PhD in Mathematics (2010) (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada). Amir’s research is mainly focused on evolutionary consequences of recombination. During his past research appointment in the department of mathematics and statistics at the Université de Montréal, he approximated the probability of fixation of a new mutant under selection using the Ancestral Recombination-Selection Graph and studied the effect of recombination and epistasis on the rate of adaptation. Amir’s current research is focused on developing a new Bayesian method for analyzing human trisomy data and studying the recombination profile of trisomic chromosomes.
Ellen has a B.A. in Biology from Amherst College (2006), an M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2007) (where she was a Churchill scholar), and a Certificate in Chinese Language from Lanzhou University (2008). For her PhD, she worked on a range of topics, from the genetic basis of variation in human recombination to the determinants of diversity level differences among species. She is staying in the lab for six months as a postdoc, analyzing patterns of genetic variation in finches.
Daniel obtained a dual degree in biology and microbiology at Universidad de Los Andes in Columbia (2005). He completed his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution with Jerry Coyne at the University of Chicago in Spring 2010, focused on the genetic architecture of reproductive isolation in different species of Drosophila. His postdoctoral project is on the evolution of reproductive isolation via reinforcement.In July 2014, he will become an Assistant Professor at UNC.
Priya has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai and M.S. in Bioinformatics from George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. (2013) in Genetics from Harvard University (advised by David Reich and Nick Patterson). During her dissertation, she developed novel methods and approaches for analyzing genomic data to learn about population history, particularly focusing on populations of mixed ancestry such as West Eurasians and South Asians. During her postdoc, Priya is interested in investigating the selective pressures that shape the recombination landscape in humans.
Keerthi received her Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India (2009) and her Masters in Bioinformatics from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2011). After graduating, she worked as a Research Associate for the Bioinformatics Core at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she focused on the analysis and interpretation of next generation sequencing data. She now works on studies of evolutionary genomics.
Amy holds dual B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Utah (2003), and S.M. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) degrees in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2009-2013, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School, advised by David Reich and David Altshuler. Her research interests focus on understanding haplotypes: their structure, genealogy, and evolution, as well as on computational haplotype-based methods development. Her current research focuses on meiotic recombination, including the rate and biological processes underlying gene conversion formation.
See Amy’s website for more information.
Minyoung received a Ph.D. (2012) from the University of Toronto in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (advised by Locke Rowe). Her dissertation examined how males and females evolve sexual dimorphism. Although males and females share many of the same genes, they may be under pressure to express them differently. It remains a puzzle how the genome adapts to this sexually dimorphic selection. For her postdoc, Min is interested in studying sex-specific adaptations and sexual selection in the genomes of primates.