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.
NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellow