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

ipsita
Postdoctoral Researcher

ia2337 at columbia.edu

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


Zachary Fuller

Postdoctoral Researcher

zlf2101 at columbia.edu

Zach has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Creighton University. He 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. Zach’s postdoctoral research has focused on human genetics, funded by an NRSA, as well as on the population genetics of the coral Acropora millepora, funded by the Agouron Institute.


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.


Marc de Manuel

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Postdoctoral Researcher

marcd91 at gmail.com

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 mutation process, in research funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program.


Jason Mares

Graduate Student

jm4454 at columbia.edu

Jason majored in Economics & Mathematics and pursued a concentration in Statistics from Columbia University (2020). He is a QMSS master’s student at Columbia for the 2020-2021 academic year. He is currently characterizing the prediction accuracy of polygenic scores across human populations. Jason also claims to know how to make the perfect oatmeal.


Jihanne Shepherd

Undergraduate Researcher

jjs2273 at columbia.edu

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.


Michael Spahr

Graduate Student

ms6326 at columbia.edu

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EPFL in Switzerland. He is doing his master degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at ETH in Zurich. Currently, he is doing his master thesis in the Przeworski lab, trying to understand how complex traits are expected to evolve over time and across populations.


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 vertebrates. Outside of the lab, Felix is interested in music and cooking, but he swears that he doesn’t sing Verdi in the kitchen.


Anna Yoney

Postdoctoral Researcher

ay2520 at columbia.edu

Jointly with Kristin Baldwin’s lab, Anna is investigating mechanisms through which mutations accumulate in quiescent (e.g. oocytes) or post-mitotic cells (e.g. neurons) and implications for evolution and aging, using cell types derived from iPSCs. Anna holds a B.S.E in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University, where she worked with Eric Siggia and Ali Brivanlou.

 

Przeworski lab, September 2017
September 2019