I am a biologist working at the interface of genomics, evolution, and computational biology to understand the impact 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.