Hopi E. Hoekstra
Hopi received her B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. She completed her Ph.D. in 2000 as a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington. She then moved to the University of Arizona as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow where she studied the genetic basis of adaptive melanism in pocket mice. In 2003, she became an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego. Three years later, she moved to Harvard University, where she is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology as well as the Curator of Mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. She is broadly interested in the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation in vertebrates.
After receiving her M.Sc. in Paris, Celine moved to Konstanz University in Germany to complete her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biolgy. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Abzhanov lab at Harvard University for more than 4 years, studying the genetic mechanisms underlying beak development and differenciation in Darwin's finches and African Seedcrackers. Her current job in the Hoekstra lab is to facilitate research for all other lab members, in the office and at the bench.
Andrés Bendesky received his M.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and then completed his Ph.D. in Cori Bargmann’s laboratory at The Rockefeller University in New York, where he studied the genetics of social behavior in nematodes. He joined the lab in January of 2012. Andrés is interested in the genetic and neural basis of individuality, and is using Peromyscus with different social systems as a model. He is currently funded by a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Heidi S. Fisher
Heidi received her B.S. and M.Sc. from the University of California, San Diego working on female mating behavior in the pygmy loris. She then earned her Ph.D. from Boston University, where she studied the evolution of sexual communication and reproductive isolating mechanisms in swordtail fish as a Palmer-McLeod Graduate Fellow. Currently, Heidi is exploring how sexual selection acts after mating has occurred in terms of sperm competition and cooperation in Peromyscus mice. Her postdoctoral research, funded by a NIH NRSA Fellowship, explores the underlying genetic basis of traits that confer a reproductive advantage in a competitive environment and how these traits are shaped by selection.
Adam Freedman received his Ph.D. with Tom Smith at the University of California (Los Angeles), where he studied mechanisms of diversification in African rainforest skinks, and the evolutionary consequences of deforestation, using a combination of genetic, morphological, and remotely sensed environmental data. This work was supported by Fulbright and EPA STAR fellowships. Adam remained at UCLA on an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics. Working with Drs. John Novembre and Robert Wayne, he used high coverage next-generation sequencing data from domestic and wild canid species to investigate demography and natural selection during domestication of dogs from wolves. He joined the Hoekstra and Losos labs in May 2012, where he is integrating RNA-Seq and phenotypic data from multiple species of Anolis lizards to uncover the genetic basis of convergence in dewlap coloration patterns.
Sarah graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2005 with a BS in Integrative Biology. She earned her PhD in Genetics from North Carolina State University in 2009. For her dissertation, she examined the molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying variation in honeybee queen pheromone production and response. This work was supported by NIH, Sigma Xi, an NSF DDIG, and was awarded the Keller Award for Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research. In 2010, she joined the Hoekstra and Pierce Labs, where she is using evolutionary and population genomic tools to study the genetic underpinnings of eusociality in halictid bees. Sarah currently holds an FQEB Postdoctoral Fellowship and has been awarded two Putnam Expedition grants.
Jean-Marc obtained his M.S. in Bioengineering from the Agricultural University of Gembloux in Belgium in 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in Ecology, which won the Best Thesis Prize in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, at Lund University (Sweden) in 2010. In his dissertation research, he studied the molecular basis of pheromone production and reception in the European corn borer moth, a model to study speciation by means of pheromone divergence. His research interests are centred on understanding the role of olfaction in speciation. Here, Jean-Marc exploits the current knowledge of the molecular basis of mouse olfaction to study pheromone reception in wild populations of deer mice. He is jointly supervised by Catherine Dulac. He is a Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) Fellow and is funded by an EMBO and a HFSP Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Ricardo received his B.Sc. from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and he recently completed his PhD at Harvard University. In his dissertation he combined gene expression analysis of natural bird populations, mathematical analysis of shapes, and functional tests in chick embryos to understand the molecular and developmental mechanisms patterning different craniofacial morphology in birds. Ricardo joined the lab to pursue his interest in evolutionary-developmental biology. For his project, he combines developmental genetics and genomic approaches to study pigmentation patterns in mammals. Ricardo is also a finalist for the Life Sciences Resarch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Brant completed his BA in History & Philosophy of Science and his BPhil in Molecular Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2008, he received his PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology with Michael Eisen at UC Berkeley. Brant's dissertation research focused on using a combination of comparative and functional genomic tools and computational techniques to explore non-coding regulatory DNA of key embryonic patterning genes in several families of higher flies. Brant joined the Hoekstra lab in 2009 as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow. He is currently focused on two projects: (1) using recent advances in DNA sequencing technology to link genetic variation within and between populations of Peromyscus to phenotypic variation, and (2) dissecting the genetic basis of mouse burrowing behavior, in part by developing automated phenotyping techniques to better quantify behavior.
Yu-Ping received her PhD at National Tsing Hua University, under the supervision of Dr. Chau-Ti Ting. The main focus of her graduate research was studying incomplete lineage sorting in the Drosophila simulans species complex. In addition, she spent two years as a visiting student at UC Davis in Chuck Langley's Lab, where she worked on base composition evolution in D. melanogaster. Yu-Ping is currently working with both the Hoekstra Lab and Jensen Lab (EPFL in Lausanne). She is focused on looking for the footprints of selective sweeps in DNA polymorphism data from natural populations of mice. She is especially interested in designing and implementing methods to disentangle signatures of selection from demographic (e.g., population bottleneck) effects.
Zain completed his BA in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, where he first became interested broadly in the evolution of developmental processes and morphology. After graduation, he went on to work as a research assistant in the lab of Simon John at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. There he used inbred strains of mice to study the complex genetic basis of glaucoma susceptibility, an experience that introduced him to broader questions about complex trait genetics and variation. Zain is interested in understanding the genetic basis for behavioral evolution, using the natural variation present in different Peromyscus species as a model.
Nicole received her B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2010. There, she completed her honours thesis with Dolph Schluter examining the genetic basis of ecological traits under divergent selection in threespine stickleback. In collaboration with Katie Peichel and colleagues, she also worked to identify regions of the genome responsible for behaviours leading to reproductive isolation in stickleback species pairs. After graduation, she worked with David Reznick and others investigating eco-evolutionary feedbacks in Trinidadian guppies. Nicole is excited to be joining the Hoekstra Lab in the Fall 2012 where she hopes to study the genetics of adaptation and speciation in Peromyscus. Nicole was awarded Harvard's James Mills Peirce Fellowship.
Emily graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, where she studied the kinetics of MutS, a DNA repair enzyme. A semester in Tanzania conducting avian diversity surveys affirmed her enthusiasm for ecology and evolutionary biology. Since graduating in 2006, Emily has worked in the lab of Dr. Stephen Palumbi at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. She studied a genetic cline in the acorn barnacle, Balanus glandula, and developed a novel array technology for the detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms. Emily joined the lab in 2008 with a NSF Predoctoral Fellowship. She is currently working on two projects, the genetic basis of: (1) color adaptation in locally adapted mouse populations, and (2) sperm competition between two sister species with different mating systems.
Emily H. Kay
Emily graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2005 and spent the following two years working in Stephen Pruett-Jones' lab studying reproductive promiscuity in Australia's splendid fairy-wrens. She also has investigated the genetic basis of sexually dimorphic traits with Jerry Coyne. Emily continues to be interested in the evolution and genetics of reproductive isolating barriers. Funded by a NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, she is currently studying ecological and sexual isolation between two sympatric species of deer mice in the southeastern US. She uses a combination of fieldwork, experiments, genetics and molecular tools to identify the genomic regions and genes contributing to divergence and reproductive isolation.
Evan P. Kingsley
Evan received his Biology degree at the University of Rochester in NY. Following graduation, he spent a year working in David Lambert's Lab, studying the cellular mechanisms underlying animal development in a mollusc system, and published his work in Evolution and Development. Evan is interested in the evolution of animal development and connecting microevolutionary processes to interspecific variation. Evan is focusing on the developmental, genetic and molecular basis of morphological variation in natural populations. Specifically he is interested in understanding whether convergent adaptive phenotypes are generated by similar or different genetic mechanisms. Evan recently received an ASM Grants-in-Aid Award and a Honorable Mention NSF Graduate Fellowship.
Caitlin graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with an AB in Human Evolutionary Biology. As an undergraduate in Peter Ellison's laboratory she investigated the effects of early life environment on adult metabolism and did fieldwork in the Gambia. She later conducted research on the effects of nutrient restriction on gene expression in C. elegans and the influence of a postnatal stress on behavior in laboratory mice. In the Hoekstra lab she plans to study nest-building behavior in two species of Peromyscus with different mating systems.
Hillery C. Metz
Hillery graduated summa cum laude in 2006, with a dual degree in Biology and Microbiology from the University of Idaho. As an undergraduate, she studied the neurobiology of working memory in Kathy Magnusson's lab. After graduating, she worked for two years in Susan Wray's lab at the National Institutes of Health, where she studied the development and migration of GnRH cells, neurons that control reproduction in vertebrates. Hillery joined the lab in 2009 with a NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and is currently working on understanding the neurobiological basis of burrowing behavior in Peromyscus. She was recently awarded Chapman Research funds and a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Grant.