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research positions

July 1 - present Assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne

Jan. 2013 - June 30 Postdoc in Richard Benton’s Lab, Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne

March 2017 - present Member of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Oct. 2008 - Dec. 2012 Postdoc in Andrew G. Clark Lab, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University

 
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education

PhD 2008 University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Title: Evolutionary Dynamics of Gene Families and the Fourth Chromosome in Drosophila. Advisor: Prof. Manyuan Long

MA 2008 University of Chicago, The Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. Title: Bateson and His Refusal of the Chromosomal Theory of Inheritance. Advisors: Prof. William Wimsatt & Prof. Robert J. Richards

MS 2004 University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Advisor: Prof. Manyuan Long

BS 2002 Oregon State University, Physiology with a Biology minor

BS 2002 Oregon State University, Philosophy




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awards and funding

2018 SNSF Professeurs boursiers

2013 Novartis Foundation Research Grant: Sensory Neuroevolution: A Cross-Species Examination of Drosophila’s Taste System

2009-10 Center for Comparative and Population Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship (3CPG), Cornell University

2008 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution’s Walter Fitch Student Prize Runner-up

2007-08 William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, U. of Chicago (University-wide award recognizing outstanding thesis work)

2007 NSF/JSPS Eastern Asian and Pacific Institutes Fellowship (w/Hideki Innan at The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)

2006-07 Graduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology GAANN Fellow

2004-06 Graduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution GAANN Fellow

2003-04 NSF Biological and Chemistry Interface Fellow, University of Chicago

2003-04 NSF Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention

2002-03 Graduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution GAANN Fellow


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teaching & mentoring

Winter 2016-17 UNIL: Master thesis mentor (w/ Thomas Auer) within Benton Lab: Raquel Alvarez Ocana

Fall 2015 UNIL: Teaching Assistant, Experimental Design (BSc3). Supervised by Tadeusz J. Kawecki

Fall 2013-15 UNIL: Teaching Assistant, Chemosensory Biology (BSc3). Taught by Prof. Richard Benton

Summer 2014 UNIL: SUR Undergraduate Research Mentor

2009-11 Cornell: Research mentor for research assistant within Clark Lab

Spring 2008 U. of Chicago: Teaching Assistant, The Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science: Genetics In an Evolutionary Perspective (CHSS 34201). Taught by Prof. William Wimsatt.

Fall 2006-07 U. of Chicago: Teaching Assistant, Biological Sciences: Ecology and Evolution (Biosci 20185). Taught by Prof. Greg Dwyer & Prof. Jerry Coyne


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academic presentations

2018 University of Basel,Zoological Institute, Evolution of Sensory Systems

2018 Neurofly, Krakow: Birth & Death of Evolutionarily Young Sensory Circuits (Poster)

2018 Evolution 2018, Montpellier, Birth & Death of Evolutionarily Young Sensory Circuits (Poster)

2018 University of Memphis, Biological Sciences: Evo-Devo of Sensory Systems

2017 Queen Mary University of London, Biological & Chemical Sciences: Drosophila as a model for sensory neurobiology evolution

2017 Texas A&M, Dept. of Biology: Evolution of Sensory Neural Systems

2017 University of Lausanne, Dept. of Ecology & Evolution: Evolution of Sensory Neural Systems

2016 University of Geneva, Dept. of Genetics and Evolution Seminar: Evolution of Sensory Neural Systems

2016 European Society for Evolutionary Development: Evolution of Olfactory Channels in Drosophila (Poster)

2015 European Society for Evolutionary Biology : Extensive Local Adaptation in Chemosensory Perception as D. melanogaster Expanded Globally (Oral)

2015 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution : Extensive Local Adaptation in Chemosensory Perception as D. melanogaster Expanded Globally (Oral)

2015 Satellite meeting SMBEBA : Local Adaptation in Chemosensory Perception as D. melanogaster Expanded Globally (Poster)

2014 NeuroFly: Recent Adaptation in D. melanogaster’s Chemosensory Protein Families (Poster)

2014 Life Science Switzerland (LS2): Accessing the Extent of Recent Adaptation in D. melanogaster’s Peripheral Chemosensory Protein Families. (Poster)

2013 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution: Population Structure and Demographic Inference for Geographically Diverse Populations of D. melanogaster Using Complete Genome Sequence. (Poster)

2012 Patton Symposium - Perspectives on Insect Nutrition (Cornell’s Entomology Dept.): Yeast Volatile Variation and Drosophila Preference. (Oral)

2010 Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Washington D.C.: Towards Natural Variation in Olfactory Receptor Neuron Response. (Poster)

2009 Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago IL: Population variation and divergence along the fourth chromosome in D. yakuba, D. simulans, and D. melanogaster (Poster)

2008 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution’s Walter Fitch Student Award Symposium: Repetitive Elements and the Rise of New Genes in the D. melanogaster Subgroup. (Oral)

2008 University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology’s Annual Student Seminar: Repetitive Elements and the Rise of New Genes in the D. melanogaster Subgroup. (Oral)

2008 Annual Drosophila Conference: Repetitive Elements and the Rise of New Genes in the D. melanogaster Subgroup. (Oral)

2007 Kunming Institute of Zoology: Evolutionary Dynamics of the Chemoreceptor Superfamily in the D. melanogaster subgroup. (Oral)

2007 JSPS Summer Program, Hayama Japan: Molecular Evolution and Population Genetics of the 4th Chromosome From 3 Drosophila Species. (Poster)

2006 University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology’s Annual Student Seminar: Molecular Evolution of the Chemoreceptor Superfamily in the D. melanogaster Subgroup and the Effect of Host Specialization. (Oral)

2006 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution: Origination of an X-linked Testes Chimeric Gene by Illegitimate Recombination in Drosophila. (Oral)

2006 University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution Department’s Natural History Seminar: Genomic Rearrangements Involving Protein Coding Regions in Drosophila. (Oral)

2005 Evolution Conference, Fairbanks AK: A case study of a newly duplicated gene and sex-limited expression (Poster)