Gerstner Scholars in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Current Gerstner Scholars in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Dr. Audrey Lin
Research Interests: Ancient DNA and RNA, human-mediated evolutionary processes, genomics, microbiology, and evolutionary biology
Ph.D.: University of Oxford, United Kingdom; “Interpreting patterns in transcriptomes and ancient DNA from Next
Generation Sequencing data”. 2020

Dr. Jose Barba
Research Interests: Molecular evolution, species diversification across the tree of life, phylogenetics/phylogenomics, systematics, and ecology
Ph.D.:University College London, United Kingdom;"Bayesian molecular clock dating and the divergence times of
angiosperms and primates", 2017

Dr. Daniel Hooper
Research Interests: Speciation, hybrid zones, adaptation, inversions, sex chromosomes, and mitonuclear coevolution
Ph.D.: University of Chicago, Evolutionary Biology, “Chromosome inversions and avian speciation”, 2017

Alumni Gerstner Scholars in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Dr. Kevin Deitz
Research Interests: Evolutionary and population genomics, speciation, vector biology
Ph.D.: Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology. " Population genomics, hybrid sterility, and gene expression in the Anopheles gambiae species complex". 2017

Dr. Victor Sojo
Research Interests: Origin of eukaryotes; origin of life; evolution of lipids and membrane proteins in archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes; bioinformatic and computational analyses of horizontal gene transfers across the three domains; unravelling the tree of life.
Ph.D.: University of London - University College London (UCL), Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment;: "Membrane bioenergetics at major transitions in evolution". 2016

Dr. Marcelo Gehara
Research Interests: Population genetics; Bioinformatics; Molecular Ecology; Speciation; Comparative Phylogeography
Ph.D.: Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany; “Molecular Analyses of Neotropical Amphibians”. 2013

Dr. Chase Nelson
Research Interests: Bioinformatic, population genetic, and geographic information systems approaches for studying therapeutically relevant and theoretically informative evolutionary processes, chiefly utilizing within-host viral, cancer, and human immune allele data.
Ph.D.: University of South Carolina, Department of Biological Sciences; “Studying Within-Host Viral Evolution Using Pooled Next-Generation Sequencing Data”. 2016

Dr. Matthew Aardema
Research Interests: The relationship between selection efficacy, host range and effective population size in butterflies and bacteria.
Ph.D.: Princeton University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; “Natural Selection in Lepidoptera Across Biological Scales”. 2015

Dr. Robert Harbert
Research Interests: Using spatial bioinformatics and primary biodiversity data to study plant community ecology, species distributions, and biogeography and paleoclimate of the American Southwest during and following the terminal Pleistocene glaciation.
Ph.D.: Cornell University, School of Integrated Plant Science, Section of Plant Biology; “The intersection of climate and niche: Likelihood estimation of modern and past climate using plant biodiversity”. 2016

Dr. Martine Zilversmit
Research Interests: Evolutionary biology, statistics, and bioinformatics to explore genome evolution in eukaryotes, using malaria parasites as a model.
 Ph.D.: Harvard University, Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; “Recombination and Genome Evolution in Plasmodium falciparum”. 2007


 This Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Gerstner Family Foundation.