About

 

headshotI am a biologist working at the interface of genomics, evolution, and computational biology to understand thimpact of natural selection on genomes and characterize the genomic basis of adaptive divergence. My work spans a wide taxonomic range, from birds to fruit flies, united by an my underlying desire to know how natural selection drives organismal and phenotypic diversity at a variety of scales.

My introduction to evolutionary biology was as an undergraduate working in David Rand's lab at Brown University, where I got my Bachelor's of Science. My undergraduate thesis focused on coadaptation between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes in Drosophila. From there, I moved to Cornell University, where I did my PhD with Andy Clark, working on quantitative genetics and comparative genomics of innate immunity in Drosophila. My PhD was supported by a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Subsequently, I was a NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow with Dan Hartl at Harvard, working on the genetics and evolution of sex chromosomes, and then a postdoctoral research associate with Scott Edwards, Curator of Ornithology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, working on understanding the genomic basis of phenotypic convergence in flightless birds.

Currently, I am the Director of Bioinformatics for the FAS Division of Science at Harvard University.