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Charles Feigin

Postdoctoral Fellow in Genomics and Evolution, The University of Melbourne

My research seeks to understand how biodiversity arises through evolutionary modification of animal development. I use diverse experimental approaches ranging from computational genomics to molecular biology and morphometrics. I primarily work with non-traditional model species and have a special emphasis on marsupials. My recent projects focus on the evolutionary origins of mammalian skin and skeletal adaptations and the use of genomics in conservation.

I have a BSc from the University of Connecticut, where I majored in Molecular in Cell Biology and minored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I completed my PhD in BioSciences at the University of Melbourne in 2018, focusing on comparative genomics. I then worked for ~5 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and NIH NRSA Fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where I studied developmental gene regulatory networks underlying adaptive traits. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Genomics Pod Leader in the evolution and conservation focused TIGRR lab at UniMelb.


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2018–2022
    Postdoctoral research associate, Princeton University


  • 2018 
    The University of Melbourne, Ph.D. BioSciences
  • 2011 
    The University of Connecticut, B.Sc.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Advancing Conservation Genomics in the Endangered Marsupial Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)
    Funding Source:
    Revive & Restore
  • 2020
    How to build a gliding mammal: Using natural phenotypic variation to define the molecular regulation of tissue morphogenesis
    Funding Source:


NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellow