Current Lab Members

Molly Przeworski

Dept. of Biological Sciences
Dept. of Systems Biology

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Molly received a B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, working with Brian Charlesworth and Dick Hudson. Her postdoc was in the group of Peter Donnelly in the Statistics Dept. of the University of Oxford, and was followed by a two year stint as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Before moving to Columbia University, she was a faculty member at the University of Chicago (where she was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist) as well as, briefly, at Brown University.

Ipsita Agarwal

Graduate Student

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Ipsita has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics from Amherst College (2013). She is a Ph.D. student in the Biological Sciences doctoral program. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of de novo mutations in humans.


Nooriel Banayan

Graduate Student

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Nooriel received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UCLA (2015). He is a joint Ph.D. student with Peter Andolfatto and Molly Przeworski, working on mutation rates in primate and avian species. When not working, he enjoys photography, watching Bugs Bunny reruns and buying sweet dill pickle chips from the Farmer’s market in Harlem (not necessarily in that order).


Zachary Fuller

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Zach has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Creighton University and received his PhD in Biology at Penn State (2017) where he worked with Steve Schaeffer. His dissertation focused on investigating the mechanisms establishing chromosomal inversions in populations of Drosophila, as well as analyzing adaptive evolution in African honey bees. For his postdoc, Zach is investigating the dynamics of deleterious alleles in humans, funded by an NRSA postdoctoral grant, as well as the population genetics of coral.

Arbel Harpak

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Arbel studies questions linking genetic variation and evolution: What are the major forces guiding the evolution of populations? How do molecular mechanisms shape genetic variation? How does natural selection act on many traits and on many genes simultaneously? Arbel holds B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Physics, M.S. degrees in Ecology/Evolution and Statistics and–most recently–a Ph.D. in Biology working with Jonathan Pritchard as a CEHG fellow at Stanford University. Arbel is a Junior Fellow at the Simons Society of Fellows.

Carla Hoge

Graduate Student

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Carla studied Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees (2017). She is currently a PhD student in the Biological Sciences doctoral program and a recipient of an NSF pre-doctoral fellowship. Her research in the lab focuses on the evolution of recombination in vertebrates.

Marc de Manuel

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Marc has an undergraduate degree in Human Biology, a M.S in Bioinformatics and recieved his PhD in Biomedicine at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. During his PhD, Marc studied introgression events between chimpanzees and bonobos, as well as genetic adaptations in the lineage of domestic dogs. He is currently interested in using comparative genomics to deepen our understanding of the mutational process.

Jihanne Shepherd

Undergraduate Researcher

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Jihanne is a current Science Research Fellow of the Columbia College class of 2021 and has previously worked in the Cornish lab at Columbia on characterizing promoters in yeast. She is pursuing a major in Biochemistry and a concentration in Computer Science in the Department of Biological Sciences and works on coral genomics in the Przeworski lab.

Felix Wu

Graduate student

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Felix has an undergraduate degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University (2014). He is a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies doctoral program. He currently works on estimating mutation rates in primates. Outside of the lab, Felix is interested in music and cooking, but he swears that he doesn’t sing Verdi in the kitchen.


Przeworski lab, September 2017
September 2019