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research positions

 

July 1 - present         Assistant professor at the University of Lausanne's Department of Ecology and Evolution

Jan. 2013 - June 30         Postdoc in Richard Benton 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 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)