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Amanda Kowalczyk

Ph.D. Candidate in Computational and Systems Biology, University of Pittsburgh

I completed my Bachelor's degrees in May 2016 and joined the CPCB PhD program jointly hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in August 2016. My primary thesis topic is the evolution of longevity in mammals, and I broadly work with convergent phenotypes with relevance to human health, including evolutionary changes to skin, hair, and vision. I implement and use computational methods to analyze evolution-based data and interpret results to connect my basic science research to clinically-relevant outcomes.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Computational and Systems Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Education

  • 2016 
    Westminster College, B.S. Mathematics and B.S. Biology