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. 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

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Ziyue received a B.A. in Biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2010). She is a graduate student in the Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology program at the University of Chicago and the recipient of the Biological Sciences Division Harper Dissertation Fellowship. She has worked on modeling and identifying long-lived balanced polymorphisms, and is now focused on estimating neutral and deleterious mutation rates in humans.

Priya Moorjani

priyaPostdoctoral 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.

Sonal Singhal

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Sonal graduated with her B.A. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and with her Ph.D. (2013) from University of California, Berkeley, advised by Craig Moritz. In her dissertation, Sonal studied speciation and hybridization in five co-occurring hybrid zones, all of which formed between Australian rainforest lizards. For her postdoctoral research, she will study the evolution of recombination in wild populations of birds.

Amy Williams

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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. Amy will become an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell in August 2014.

See Amy’s website for more information.

Minyoung Wyman

IMG_7958_2Postdoctoral Researcher
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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.