People

Stephen I. Wright- Primary Investigator

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Stephen got his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2003, working with Deborah Charlesworth, and did a postdoc at the University of California, Irvine, with Brandon Gaut. His research interests are focused on genome evolution, genomic conflicts, and population genomics.

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Gilbert – Postdoctoral Fellow, jointly with Aneil Agrawal and Stephen Wright

Kim got her PhD with Mike Whitlock at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the impact complex demographic histories have on evolutionary processes through time and space.  During her current post-doc at the University of Toronto, she is investigating the bias introduced by various mating systems in estimating the distribution of fitness effects for new mutations.

 

Felix Beaudry – PhD Candidate

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Felix completed his Undergraduate Degree at the University of Victoria, in BC, looking at the evolution of the opsin gene family in fish.

He is currently working on the evolution of sex chromosomes in Rumex hastatulus, including understanding the factors driving a polymorphic X-autosome fusion event to spread in this species.

 

Robert Williamson– PhD Candidate

Robert did his undergrad at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Applied Biology and Software Engineering. He is currently studying selection on noncoding DNA using population genomics data in Capsella.

 

 

 

Julia Kreiner – PhD Candidate (Co-supervised Stinchcombe and Wright labs)IMG_1198

Julia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, working with Brian Husband on the evolutionary mechanism of unreduced gamete production in Brassicaceae. She is currently studying the population genomics of adaptation to ALS herbicide resistance in Brassicaceae. She is jointly in the Wright and Stinchcombe labs.

 

Tyler Kent– PhD Candidate

Tyler did his undergrad at UC Davis with a major in Genetics and Genomics and a minor IMG_20151115_170723611in Statistics, where he worked on crop-wild gene flow in Oryza and helped develop scripts to make genomic software easier to use and visualize. He is currently working on mapping recombination and gene conversion in Capsella grandiflora in order to better understand recombinational hotspots in plants and to be able to comparatively study the effects of background selection in Brassicaceae.

 

 

 

 

Jasmina Uzunovic- M.Sc. Candidate

Jasmina did her undergraduate work at the University of Toronto and worked in the Wright lab on the population genomics of transposable elements (TEs) in Capsella. Her current work is investigating the role of TEs in gene expression variation.

 

 

 

 

Ting Liu – Bioinformatician

Ting is a bioinformatician working with a number of labs in the department. In the Wright lab, she is working on comparative genomics and molecular evolution in the Brassicacae.