Current Lab Members

Molly Przeworski

Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Dept. of Systems Biology

mp3284 at columbia.edu

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

ipsitaGraduate Student

ia2337 at columbia.edu

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 sex differences in human germline mutation.

 


Zachary Baker

zachary_croppedGraduate Student

ztb2002 at columbia.edu

Zach has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University where he concentrated in Genetics, Genomics and Developmental Biology (2014). He is a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies doctoral program. His research focuses on the evolution of recombination in vertebrates.


Zachary Fuller

Postdoctoral Researcher

zlf105 at psu.edu

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

arbelh at stanford.edu

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.


Carla Hoge

Graduate Student

crh2152 at columbia.edu

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.


Kristin Lee

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Kristin is interested in processes that shape and maintain genetic variation. She received a B.S. in Biology and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin (2013) and Ph.D. in Population Biology from the University of California, Davis (2018), working with Graham Coop. In her dissertation, she developed statistical methods to identify loci involved in convergent adaptation and distinguish among the processes that generate these patterns in population-genomic data.


Hakhamanesh Mostafavi

Graduate student

hsm2137 at columbia.edu

Hakhamanesh has an undergraduate degree in Polymer Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic (2010) and M.S. in Macromolecular Materials from Royal Institute of Technology, KTH (2012). He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Previously at Columbia, he developed models of membrane fusion during neurotransmitter release before becoming interested in evolutionary genetics. He now works on natural selection in contemporary humans.


Molly Schumer

Postdoctoral Researcher

— at columbia dot edu

Molly studied biology at Reed College and did her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton, working with Peter Andolfatto and Gil Rosenthal. Her dissertation focused on understanding the prevalence of hybridization and its role in evolutionary processes. For her postdoctoral research, Molly is investigating the impacts of basic genetic processes, such as recombination mechanisms, on hybrid evolution. She is a Harvard Society of Fellows member since the summer of 2016, but retains close ties to the group, working on how recombination shapes hybridization patterns. 


Felix Wu

Graduate student

flw2113 at columbia.edu

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, August 2017