Rike Stelkens (Group Leader)
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the generation and the maintenance of biodiversity. I study the effect of genetic exchange between populations and species on adaptation to environmental change. I have a fishy background but have now converted to the awesome power of yeast genetics.
Claire Brice (Postdoc)
Claire is a microbiologist and biotechnologist interested in understanding genetic adaptation to changing and stressful environments. She currently focuses on the molecular characterization of different nitrogen consumption strategies in yeast.
Zebin Zhang (Postdoc)
Zebin is a bioinformatics analyst and molecular biologist. He is currently analyzing RAD-seq data from interspecific yeast hybrids. His aim is to understand how hybrid genomes are assembled and selected under environmental stress, testing predictions of quantitative genetics. He is also interested in the adaptive value of ploidy variation, and in detecting signatures of domestication in the genome.
Devin Bendixsen (Postdoc)
Devin is a bioinformatician specialising in computational genomics and empirical fitness landscape construction and analysis. His current research interests range from mutational interactions and their effect on mutational pathways to genetic mechanisms underlying evolutionary adaptation. He is currently focusing on understanding the role of hybridization in genetic adaptation to novel environments using lineage tracking in yeast strains.
Ciaran Gilchrist (PhD student)
Ciaran’s PhD focuses on comparing the risks and benefits of hybridization for adaptation to changing and stressful environments.
Alexandre Rêgo (PhD student)
Alex’s interests lie broadly in evolutionary biology and population genetics. His PhD research utilizes experimental evolution in an effort to describe the origin, dynamics, and outcomes of adaptation to novel environments. He is currently working on understanding how sources of genetic variation shape dynamics of adaptation.
Maria de la Paz Celorio Mancera (Researcher)
Maria is a part time researcher in the group, managing the lab and the sequencing.