I am an evolutionary geneticist studying deleterious variation in non-human species through analysis of whole genome sequences.
I am currently a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Jeff Wall in the Institute for Human Genetics at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, I completed my PhD in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Wayne.
I use whole genome sequence data to study evolution, with particular emphasis on understanding patterns of deleterious variation, especially in small or inbred populations. New genomic sequencing technologies have opened the door for investigation of deleterious mutations in virtually any organism. However, the influence of these mutations on individual phenotypes, and on population persistence, is still unclear. Through my research, I seek to understand the dynamics governing deleterious mutations, as well as their phenotypic impacts, with the ultimate goal of making predictions about the fitness of individuals and populations from genomic data. See the Research page for more information about my past and ongoing projects.