Former members:

Karen M. Wong, Research Assistant

Currently: Post-PhD UC Berkeley

Andea Putnam, PhD Student

Currently: Off our radar  :(

Peter Andolfatto



Jeffrey D. Jensen, Postdoc

Currently: Professor, Arizona State University

Kevin Deitz

Postdoc - Drosophila pigmentation evolution.


Undergraduate Researchers:

PhD Students:

Matthew Aardema

PhD Student

Currently: Assistant Professor, Montclair State University

Erica Swartwout

Princeton Class of 2018

Unsupervised learning characterization of Drosophila larval foraging.

Anna Bree, Research Assistant

Currently: PhD Student, University of Indiana Bloomington

Penny Haddrill, Postdoc

Currently: Teaching Associate, University

of Strathclyde

Brielle Fischman, Research Assistant

Currently: Visiting faculty in Biology, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Daniel Pan

Princeton Class of 2018

Evaluating health risks associated with nano-sized particles.

Molly Schumer

PhD Student.

Currently: Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows

Virginia Byron

Princeton Class of 2009

Regulatory evolution and pigmentation in Drosophila

Jerry Nnanabu

Princeton Class of 2009

Recombination rate variation in Drosophila

Micheal Cheng

Princeton Class of 2010

Lepidopteran population genetics

Benjamin Burton

Princeton Class of 2010

Hostplant adaptation in insects

Former undergraduates:

Jesse Fields

Princeton Class of 2013

Convergent molecular evolution.

Nikki Chu

Princeton Class of 2013

Pre-mating isolation in Xiphophorus fish

Maria Gutin

EEB Program

The genetics of morphological evolution.


Clair Han

QCB Program

Pigmentation evolution in Drosophila.


Rachel Zambrowicz

Princeton Class of 2014

Personal genomics and disease susceptibility

Lucy Cobbs

Princeton Class of 2014

Molecular evolution of cardenolide resistance in insects

Rebecca Dresner

Princeton Class of 2014

The role of behavior in structured hybrid zones of Xiphophorus fish

Lauren Castellon

Princeton Class of 2014

Genetic basis of a sexually selected trait in Xiphophorus fish

Elizabeth Cutting

Princeton Class of 2014

Stress responses to arsenic in killifish

Ying Zhen,


Currently: Assistant Professor, Wuhan University, China

Raj Ghosh,

Visiting Postdoc (Kruglyak Lab)

Currently: Staff Scientist, Baylor College of Medicine

Lu (Ling) Yang

EEB Program

Genetics of convergent adaptation.


Patrick Reilly

QCB Program

Lepidopteran and Drosophila



Dan Davison, Visiting Postdoc

Currently: Senior Research Scientist in “the industry”.

Ilona Ruhl, Research Assistant

Currently: PhD Student, U Calgary

Tina Hu, Postdoc

Currently: Bioinformatics specialist in “the industry”

Sergio Cordoba, PhD Student

Currently: Avian Biologist at Humboldt Institute

in Bogota, Colombia.

Erika Gajda

Lab Manager

Currently: MSc Student in Science Communication, Imperial College London

Christopher Patacsil

Princeton Class of 2016

The role of plant secondary metabolites in host-parasite interactions.

Megan Abbott

Princeton Class of 2016

The genetics of hybridization in Xiphophorus fish

Adam Rosenstein

Princeton Class of 2016

The evolution of cardenolide resistance in insects.

Sanna Edwin

Visiting student in the Karolinska-Princeton Partnership Undergraduate Exchange Program

Effective population size and weak selection in Lepidoptera.

Former High School Students:

Andrew Taverner

QCB Program

Epistasis in protein evolution.


Julie Peng

Research Specialist


Serge Picard

Research Specialist




Emily Chen

Summer 2012

Morris Knolls High School, NJ

Firefly and butterfly genomics.

Currently: Undergrad at Princeton University


Regina Visconti

REU Student  - Summer 2016

The chemistry of cardiac glycosides.

Fiona Zhang

Summer 2015

St. Paul's School, Concord, NH.

Currently: Undergrad at Columbia University



I’ran James, 2017

Linda Boettger, 2005, UCSD

Clinton Edwards, 2005, UCSD

Elah Feder, 2003, U Toronto.
Atosa Mehrfar, 2003, U Toronto.

Adriana Puentes, 2003, U Toronto

Robert Watt, 2002, U Edinburgh.

Alexie Papanicolou, 2002, U Edinburgh.

Manolia Vougioukalou, 2000, U Edinburgh. 

Alisa Sedghifar



Ana Pinharanda

Postdoc - Morphological evolution in Drosophila.


Carolyn Griffin

Princeton Class of 2017

The evaluation of conservation


Marianna Wu

Princeton Class of 2017

Plasticity of gene expression in insects.

Michael Catto

Research Specialist


Francisca Bermudez

Princeton Class of 2018

Genomics of Rhodnius pallescens and R. prolixus.

Logan Blaine

Princeton Class of 2018 (Computer Science)

Modeling epistasis in protein evolution.