Molly Przeworski

Dept. of Biological Sciences
Dept. of Systems Biology

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Carlos Eduardo G. Amorim

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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. In his postdoc project, supported by a Science Without Borders fellowship from Brazil, he studies the determinants of substitution rates in primates and the population genetics of Mendelian disease alleles.

Zachary Baker

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Zach has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University where he concentrated in Genetics, Genomics and Developmental Biology (2014). He is a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies doctoral program. His research focuses on the evolution of recombination in vertebrates.

Chen Chen

Graduate Student

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Chen has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from  Tsinghua University, China (2012). She is a graduate student in the Biological Sciences program at Columbia University. She is currently studying determinants of somatic and germline mutation rates as a joint student with Molly Przeworski at Columbia and Joe Pickrell at the New York Genome Center.

Priya Moorjani

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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. For her postdoc, Priya has been investigating mutation and recombination processes in primates and their use as molecular clocks.

Hakhamanesh Mostafavi

Graduate student

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Hakhamanesh has an undergraduate degree in Polymer Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic (2010) and M.S. in Macromolecular Materials from Royal Institute of Technology, KTH (2012). He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. Previously at Columbia, he developed models of membrane fusion during neurotransmitter release before becoming interested in evolutionary genetics. He now works on natural selection in contemporary humans.

Molly Schumer

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Molly studied biology at Reed College in Portland Oregon. She did her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton working with Peter Andolfatto and Gil Rosenthal. Her dissertation focused on understanding the prevalence of hybridization and its role in evolutionary processes. For her postdoctoral research, Molly is interested in understanding the impacts of basic genetic processes, such as recombination mechanisms, on hybrid evolution.

Alva Strand

Graduate student

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Alva received her B.A. in Molecular Biology with a Certificate in Biophysics from Princeton University (2013), and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. She is studying patterns of mutation and recombination in human and non-human pedigrees.