Current Lab Members

Molly Przeworski


Dept. of Human Genetics & Dept. of Ecology and Evolution
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist

molly.przew at

Carlos Eduardo G. Amorim

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Eduardo holds a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a M.Sc. in Animal Biology from the University of Brasília (Brazil). He completed his Ph.D. in Genetics with Prof. Francisco Salzano at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2013 working on the influence of demographic, cultural, and adaptive processes on the genetic diversity of Amerindians during the settlement of the New World. His postdoc project is focused on understanding the role of balancing selection in shaping the genetic diversity of modern humans and other primates.

Ziyue Gao

Graduate Student

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. She has worked on modeling long-lived balancing selection, and is now focused on estimating neutral and deleterious mutation rates in humans.

Patricia Gonzalez

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 Kermany

Postdoctoral Researcher

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 learning about recombination from single genomes (in collaboration with Jonathan Pritchard at Stanford).

Amir’s webpage

Daniel Matute

Postdoctoral Researcher

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.

Daniel’s webpage

Priya Moorjani

Postdoctoral Researcher
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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 meiotic recombination and germline mutation in humans.

Keerthi Sannareddy


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 Williams

Postdoctoral Researcher

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 Wyman

Postdoctoral Researcher

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 variation in the mutation rate in primates.

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