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Madison Hansen

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PhD Student, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)


PhD in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, expected August 2019.

BS Mathematical and Computational Biology, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA, May 2015.

Research Interests

My research goals are to develop new computational methods for studying the evolutionary genomics of nonmodel organisms. My current research interests include genome assembly and annotation and orthology inference, with emphasis on the reconstruction of horizontal gene transfers. At the AMNH, I work in the Wheeler lab developing new genomics algorithms. I also volunteer with the BridgeUp: STEM program, introducing scientific computation and data science to young students in the New York area.

My background is in biology and computer science, and I have experience applying computational methods to study a wide range of organisms, including plants, vertebrates, and bacteria. By developing new computational methods, we can then take advantage of large genomic data sets to investigate all kinds of evolutionary questions.



  • Nicholas G. Crawford, James F. Parham, Anna B. Sellas, Brant C. Faircloth, Travis C. Glenn, Theodore J. Papenfuss, James B. Henderson, Madison H. Hansen, W. Brian Simison, A phylogenomic analysis of turtles, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 83, February 2015, Pages 250-257, ISSN 1055-7903

Teaching Experience

  • BridgeUP STEM Volunteer, American Museum of Natural History Youth Initiatives, current.
  • Homework Hotline Tutor, Harvey Mudd College Office of Community Engagement, 2011–2015.
  • Advanced Mathematical Biology Grader, HMC Mathematics Department, Fall 2014.
  • Introduction to Computer Science Tutor/Grader, HMC Computer Science Department, Fall 2014.
  • Introduction to Biology Grader, HMC Biology Department, Spring 2014.
  • Calculus Tutor/Grader, HMC Mathematics Department, Summer–Fall 2012.

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