Current Lab Members

Kieran Samuk
Principal Investigator

Kieran is an Assistant Professor in the EEOB Department at UC Riverside.

He is interested in evolutionary genetics, particularly the interaction between recombination and the forces of evolution.

About Kieran

Education

HBSc – University of Toronto.
PhD – University of British Columbia (with Dolph Schluter).
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow – Duke (with Mohamed Noor).

Kieran is passionate about the natural world, the positive role of science in society, and making academia a better place for everyone.

Gina Lucas

PhD Student, 2022 – Present

Gina is interested in evolutionary biology and comparative genomics. Her current project is focused on experimental evolution of chromosomal inversions.

About Gina

Education

BSc – University of California, Riverside

Alexandra Sumarli

PhD Student, 2022 – Present

Prior to joining the lab, Alex worked at the USGS and completed an MSc at SDSU working on the phylogenomics of chuckwallas.

About Alexandra

Education

MSc – San Diego State University
BSc – La Sierra University

Rajeet Patel

Undergraduate, 2021 – Present

Rajeet is an undergraduate in the Biochemistry program at UCR. His current project in the lab is developing genomic tools for studying chromosomal inversions in wild population of Drosophila pseudoobscura.

About

Education

Paimon Goulart

Undergraduate, 2022 – Present

Paimon is an undergraduate in the Computer Science program at UCR. His current project is focused on building testing and benchmarking tools for our bioinformatics software pixy.

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Education

Reyna Quiñonez

Undergraduate, 2022 – Present

Reyna is undergraduate in the Mathematics program at UCR. Her project is focused on optimizing methods for the extraction of high molecular weight DNA.

Bella Clement

Undergraduate, 2022 – Present

Bella is an undergraduate in the Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology program at UCR. Her project is focused on exploring the degree of adaptation to a high-salt diet in an experimental population of Drosophila melanogaster.