Current Research and Scholarly Interests
I am a molecular biologist and geneticist working in the field of human genomics. I am fascinated by the evolutionary history reflected in the human genome and the ways in which it has impacted disease susceptibilities in different populations.
For my dissertation research at UC Berkeley, I worked on the disease side of the equation, studying the role of meiotic recombination machinery in the divergent eukaryotic parasite Giardia intestinalis. This research also allowed me to investigate broader evolutionary questions relating to the evolution of meiosis and sex.
Now, for my postdoctoral work, I am applying my expertise in molecular biology to develop new tools for working with and analyzing trace amounts of DNA in ancient and forensic samples. This project has enabled me to build a solid background in human genomics and population genetics, which will serve as a foundation for my future work. I am now involved in several projects related to clinical genomics and testing the functional impact of genome variation.