Omer received his Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Theodore Schurr and studied with Dr. Charles Lee at Harvard Medical School in Harvard Medical School before establishing the laboratory. He is interested all things evolution and anthropology.
Charikleia received her PhD from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, studying polymorphic inversions in Drosophila subobscura. She is particularly interested in genome structure evolution and the mechanisms underlying structural variant formation. She aspires to identify and characterize structurally complex regions genome-wide across different primates.
Petar’s work is tied to understanding how novel structural variants, “variable number tandem repeats” in particular, can create/change gene function. He is generally curious on how common structural variants contribute to evolution and disease susceptibility.
Kendra graduate from the University of California, San Diego with a dual degrees in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology and Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution along with a minor in Chinese Studies. She is primarily interested in diet related gene by environment interactions across human populations. Her current work involves describing the copy number variation of salivary amylase, a starch digesting enzyme, across human populations.
Luane has a B.Sc. in Biology (2020) and a Ms. in Genetics and Evolution (2022) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil. She is now a second year Ph.D. student interested on the evolution of gene expression. Particularly, she works with sex-specific and and strain-specific gene expression evolution in salivary glands of mice.
Dr. Marie Saitou (she/her/hers) – (was an Astellas Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow). Assistant Professor at Center for Integrative Genetics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her lab webpage is here: https://sites.google.com/view/saitou-lab/home
Supervised DNA sequencing facility of the Biofuel project that housed Ion Torrent PGM, ABI 3500 Genetic Analyzer, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, ABI Veriti Thermal Cyclers and related equipment.
Now a Senior postdoctoral fellow at Lachance Laboratory at Georgia Tech.
Starr used computational modeling to investigate how microbes that live on the skin influence how a person’s genes are expressed, and how that in turn affects immunity. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35154781/