Graduate Students in OEB

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Adams, Melissa
Girguis Lab   G5

Adams, Catharine
Pringle Lab   G2

Akle-Serrano, Sebastian
Desai Lab   G4

Ali, Farhan
Olveczky Lab   G6
I am broadly interested in brain and behavior. My dissertation specifically examines the mechanisms for vocal learning and plasticity in adult zebra finches, a songbird.
Arnold, Brian
Bomblies Lab   G5
I study the effect that whole-genome duplication has on the evolutionary trajectory of species. In particular, I am interested in the selective pressures created by whole-genome duplication and how polyploid populations evolve and give rise to successful species. To explore this topic I use a naturally occurring polyploid (Arabidopsis arenosa) and a model organism (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
Baduel, Pierre
Bomblies Lab   G2

Baker, Christopher
Pierce Lab   G6
I work on the insect and microbial ecology of the Acacia drepanolobium ant-plant system in East Africa, and of Xanthoparmelia lichens in North America.
Baldwin, Maude
Edwards Lab   G7

Bedford, Nicole
Hoekstra Lab   G2

Beinart, Roxanne
Girguis Lab   G6

Bhullar, Bhart-Anjan
Abzhanov Lab   G6

Bittleston, Leonora
Pringle Lab   G4
I study insect-microbial-plant interactions, with a focus on mutualism. Currently, I’m looking at the fungi, bacteria and insects living inside carnivorous pitcher plants, which have evolved convergently in the US and Southeast Asia.
Boronow, Katherine
Losos Lab   G3

Boyle, John
Pierce Lab   G3
Jack Boyle studies colony structure and geographic structure in East African arboreal ants.
Brown, Alexandra
Moorcroft Lab   G3

Buckman, Rebecca
Giribet Lab   G2

Camacho, Jasmin
Abzhanov Lab   G2

Campbell-Staton, Shane
Edwards Lab   G5

Chan, Janice
Moorcroft Lab   G3
Exploring the importance of organismal biodiversity to ecosystem health and services.
Clifton, Glenna
Biewener Lab   G4
I study the biomechanics of foot-propelled diving birds, specifically how the unique limb morphology of grebes, loons, and cormorants influences their ability to produce force and maneuver while capturing fish.
Cohen, Jacob
Girguis Lab   G1

Corbett-Detig, Russell
Hartl Lab   G4

Crall, James
Combes Lab   G4

Cunha, Tauana
Giribet Lab   G1

de Medeiros, Bruno
Farrell Lab   G3
I study the origin and diversification of the most diverse animal family: curculionid beetles. By studying taxonomy, natural history, ecology and phylogenetics of selected taxa, I want to understand what processes generated the over 60,000 known species in this group.
Dmytrenko, Oleg
Cavanaugh Lab   G6

Donoughe, Seth
Extavour Lab   G3
I study the germ cells of insects, specifically their evolution and development.
Elmore, Holly
Pringle Lab   G1

Evans, Amanda
Farrell Lab   G13

Ewen-Campen, Benjamin
Extavour Lab   G6
I study the evolution and development of germ cells among insects.
Feilich, Kara
Lauder Lab   G3

Fronk, David
Cavanaugh Lab   G2

Furze, Morgan
Richardson Lab   G1

Gilbert, Kadeem
Edwards Lab   G2

Gorring, Patrick
Farrell Lab   G4
I explore the factors influencing the tremendous diversity of plant feeding beetles focusing on the beetle genus <i>Monochamus</i>. Host plant shifts, plant defenses, glaciation and vicariance all effect divergence. I use cutting edge genomic techniques and morphology to explore their consequence and contribute to developing theories of the predominant mechanism of speciation.
Grayson, Phillip
Edwards Lab   G1

Haelewaters, Danny
Pfister Lab   G2
Although already discovered in 1850, the Laboulbeniales are perhaps the most intriguing and yet least studied of all insect-associated parasitic fungi. I am interested in the relationship between the parasites and their hosts. Are closely related parasites more dependent on their hosts or on the hosts’ habitat?
Harrison, Alexis
Losos Lab   G8

Hauser, Oliver
Nowak Lab   G4
I'm an OEB Ph.D. student interested in the evolution of cooperation. Putting my prior physics education to use, I develop mathematical models to research evolutionary mechanisms that promote cooperation under the supervision of my advisor Martin Nowak.
Hawkins, Brent
Abzhanov Lab   G3

Jacobs-Palmer, Emily
Hoekstra Lab   G6

Jiang, Pan-Pan
Hartl Lab   G7
My research interests focus on the Y chromosome, sexual selection, and conflicts between the sexes in the model organism Drosophila melangoaster. I am also interested in drug resistance in the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax and its global health implications.
Jones, Tamsin
Extavour Lab   G3

Jordan, Benjamin
Mahadevan Lab   G6

Kakouridis, Anne
Richardson Lab   G2

Kaliszewska, Zofia
Pierce Lab   G10

Kamath, Ambika
Losos Lab   G3

Kay, Emily
Hoekstra Lab   G7
Through a combination of field and laboratory studies, I am quantifying the reproductive barriers preventing gene flow between two sister species of <i>Peromyscus</i> mice to evaluate the relative contributions of premating vs. postmating barriers to the speciation process.
King, Leandra
Wakeley Lab   G3

Kingsley, Evan
Hoekstra Lab   G7
I primarily study tail length variation in mice. Mice use their tails to balance and brace themselves when climbing, so forest mice have evolved longer tails than prairie mice. I'm investigating the evolution, genetics, and development of the tail and other skeletal traits.
Klosterman, Stephen
Richardson Lab   G3
I research the role of plants in climate change. Using modeling and field study, I investigate how the timing of plant biological events will be affected by changing temperature and precipitation, with subsequent effects on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.
Ko, Lai Man Raymond
Olveczky Lab   G5
studying the neural mechanisms of execution and learning of complex motor sequences in rodents
Kotler, Jennifer
Haig Lab   G2
I am interested in studying parent-offspring conflict, with a focus on genomic imprinting. Currently I'm studying imprinting disorders in humans as a means through which to learn more about this phenomenon.
Lagomarsino, Laura
Davis Lab   G5
I am interested in Neotropical plant evolution, particularly in the Andean cordilleras. Specifically, I am studying the evolution and systematics of the Neotropical Lobelioideae, an evolutionarily young and impressively diverse group of 550 species that are pollinated by either bats or hummingbirds, and can herbs less than a few feet tall to trees more than 12 m in height. I am interested in how all that amazing diversity came to be!
Laslo, Mara
Hanken Lab   G1

Laumer, Christopher
Giribet Lab   G6
I am a zoologist, systematist, and sometimes molecular ecologist with an interest in soft-bodied aquatic meiofauna, chiefly Platyhelminthes (the flatworms). My thesis work employs conventional and increasingly, genomic-scale phylogenetic techniques to understand the global diversification and morphological evolution of an enigmatic flatworm order, "Lecithoepitheliata".
Levy, Clara
Kramer Lab   G2

Lewis, Zachary
Hanken Lab   G5

Lim, Jeanette
Lauder Lab   G8
Fish are incredibly diverse creatures that display an impressive array of body forms and behaviors. When it comes to swimming, some fish are champions (tuna!), while other fish are not. For my PhD research, I'm studying a fish that wouldn't even make it to the podium: the hagfish. Hagfish are proto-vertebrates that are nearly blind, have no paired fins, and are so flexible that they can tie their bodies into knots. So how does this fish actually swim? By studying the movement patterns and hydrodynamics of swimming hagfish bodies, I'm hoping to learn about how some of the earliest and most bendable fishes moved through the water.
Loo, Wesley
Cavanaugh Lab   G3

Lucas, Kelsey
Lauder Lab   G1

McHorse, Briana
Biewener Lab   G1

Metz, Hillery
Hoekstra Lab   G6

Molina-Henau, Y. Franchesco
Bomblies Lab   G1

Moore, Talia
Biewener Lab   G4
I study the dynamics, kinematics, and ecology of bipedal locomotion in <i>Jaculus jaculus</i> and other convergent bipedal desert rodents.
Morris, Zachary
Abzhanov Lab   G1

Munoz, Martha
Losos Lab   G6
My research examines how behavior determines an organism's selective environment. I examine how a single behavior can simultaneously impede and impel evolution in different traits. Specifically, I focus on the role of behavioral thermoregulation in dampening selection on physiology while driving morphological evolution in tropical lizards.
Nayak, Dipti
Marx Lab   G5

Nitta, Joel
Davis Lab   G3
I study the ecology and evolution of ferns. In particular, I am interested in the the role of the cryptic gametophyte generation in structuring fern communities.
Olins, Heather
Girguis Lab   G5
I study microbial communities in hydrothermal vent environments. I am currently investigating carbon fixation rates and pathways, the difference between microbial community composition and activity, and the role that mineralogy plays in microbial community structure, succession, and metabolism.
Peters, Jacob
Combes Lab   G2

Pham, Jenny
Hartl Lab   G2

Piper, Julia
Desai Lab   G2

Povilus, Rebecca
Friedman Lab   G3

Powell, Thomas
Moorcroft Lab   G6

Rice, Daniel
Desai Lab   G3

Rice, Benjamin
Hartl Lab   G1

Rojas Echenique, José
Marx Lab   G3
I’m working towards an understanding of the physiological traits and interactions that make up a model fitness landscape: the central carbon metabolism of Methylobacterium extorquens.
Ros, Ivo
Biewener Lab   G6
Maneuvering flight is fascinatingly complex. I approach this behavior at various levels: from neuro-muscular control and subsequent mechanical output, to the integration of sensory feedback. A thorough understanding of behaviors leads to new insights in general principles that guide evolution.
Russell, Shelbi
Cavanaugh Lab   G4

Salcedo, Mary
Combes Lab   G1

Salzman, Shayla
Pierce Lab   G1

Sanders, Jon
Pierce Lab   G6

Sarikaya, Didem
Extavour Lab   G5

Sefton, Elizabeth
Hanken Lab   G5

Shen, Yu
Zhang Lab   G6

Shultz, Allison
Edwards Lab   G3
I am interested in the evolution of complex phenotypic traits, and how these phenotypes and genotypes relate to diversity. Currently, I am using genomic tools to study phylogeography and adaptation to disease in the House Finch.
Switzer, Callin
Combes Lab   G2
I am interested in biomechanics and plant-animal interactions.
Taylor-Burt, Kari
Biewener Lab   G1

Treibergs, Kira
Woollacott Lab   G2
I am interested in marine invertebrate coloniality, larval biology, and the evolution of division of labor in bryozoans.

Vitti, Joseph
Sabeti Lab   G2

Wainwright, Dylan
Lauder Lab   G1

Wheeler, James
Holbrook Lab   G9

Wilton, Peter
Wakeley Lab   G3
I am interested in the theoretical population genetics of population structure, population divergence, and speciation.
Young, Adrian
Haig Lab   G7
My thesis research centers on the feedback between genetic conflict and
aspects of genome architecture through bioinformatic analyses on
sex-biased and imprinted genes in Mus.
Yu, Jingyi
Zhang Lab   G5

Zhai, Xuemei
McCarthy Lab   G6

Zimmerman, Kolea
Pringle Lab   G4
I study fungal life history traits including germination and senescence. I’m interested in comparing asexual and sexual reproduction from an evolutionary perspective. I’m exploring patterns and mechanisms of organismal senescence or "aging" within the fungal kingdom, with a particular focus on the role of calcium signaling and mitochondria.