Wilson Sayres Lab Members

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Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Ph.D., PI

We study sex chromosome evolution, sex-biased processes, and mutation rate variation. Primarily we use comparative genomics and bioinformatics to understand biological phenomenon. 
Email: melissa.wilsonsayres[at]asu.edu
Office: 462 Life Sciences Building C (LSC)
Phone: (480) 727-6366
Twitter: @mwilsonsayres 
 


Pooja Narang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist. Pooja received her PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India in the field of Computational Chemistry. She has four years of postdoctoral research experience in computational data-analysis, bioinformatics, molecular modeling and in silico drug discovery. Her research interests include understanding the male mutation bias in mammals and understanding evolution of sex chromosomes and their relationship to diseases like cancer. 
Phone: (480) 965-3178

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Heini Natri, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher. Heini is a Center for Evolution and Medicine postdoctoral fellow with a background in evolution and cancer research. Her research interests focus around genetic architecture, sex bias, and evolution of cancer.
Phone: (480) 965-3178


Tim Webster, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher. Tim is broadly interested in using genomic diversity and divergence to understand evolution and demography. His dissertation research explored the genomic signals of speciation and diversification in the adaptive radiation of macaques, a group of monkeys found in Africa and Asia. In the Wilson Sayres lab, he is interested in contrasting information from the sex chromosomes with that from the autosomes to better understand the role of sex-specific evolutionary and demographic processes in shaping diversity.
Email: timothy.h.webster@asu.edu
Personal Website: www.timothyhwebster.com

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Kimberly Olney, B.S.

Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student. Biologist with experience in data analysis and laboratory procedures. Research interest in patterns of allele-specific expression across the human genome and studying sex biased expression.
Email: kcolney@asu.edu
Twitter: @BioNerdKimberly
Blog: http://bionerdkimberly.blog


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Imani Sharpe, M.S.

Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student. Background in bioengineering, now studying gene expression variation in the human brain.
Email: insharpe@asu.edu


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Angela Taravella, B.S.

Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. student. With a background in biology and anthropology and training in population genetics, Angela’s research interests focus around the study of human evolution through genetic analyses. This includes using demographic modeling in human populations, and studying Y chromosome variation in ancient individuals. Through her research, she hopes to gain insight into the processes and events that shaped human populations in the past and present. Jointly advised with Dr. Anne Stone. 
Email: angela.taravella@asu.edu


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Lidia Peon, B.S.

Biology B.S., M.S. student. Lidia is interested in what affects levels of anxiety and patient satisfaction in genetic counseling patients. Her thesis project is a collaboration between our lab at ASU and genetic counselors at Banner Health. 


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Avery Underwood

Biology B.S., M.S. student. Avery is interested in genetics, and is studying parent-of-origin effects. 


Undergraduate Trainees

Ka'anani Amanonce, Fall 2017-present

Ka'anani Amanonce, Fall 2017-present

Selena Cortez, Summer 2017-present

Selena Cortez, Summer 2017-present

Suhail Ghafoor Fall 2017-present

Suhail Ghafoor
Fall 2017-present

Ephrance Peninah Kalungi, CLAS USE, Fall 2015-present

Ephrance Peninah Kalungi, CLAS USE, Fall 2015-present

Brock Williams, Fall 2016-present

Brock Williams, Fall 2016-present

Jocelyn Andrews Fall 2016-present

Jocelyn Andrews
Fall 2016-present

Daniel Cotter, Barrett Honors College, Fall 2014-present

Daniel Cotter, Barrett Honors College, Fall 2014-present

Alyssa Harris, Mindlin Foundation funded, Spring 2016-present

Alyssa Harris, Mindlin Foundation funded, Spring 2016-present

Afeefah Rashid, Spring 2017-present

Afeefah Rashid, Spring 2017-present

Amanda Wolf, Fall 2016-present

Amanda Wolf, Fall 2016-present

Ariel Baber, Barrett Honors College, Summer 2017-present

Ariel Baber, Barrett Honors College, Summer 2017-present

Anagha Deshpande, Barrett Honors College, Fall 2016-present

Anagha Deshpande, Barrett Honors College, Fall 2016-present

Ndey Bassin Jobe, Barrett Honors College, Summer 2017-present

Ndey Bassin Jobe, Barrett Honors College, Summer 2017-present

Valeria Valverde-Vesling, IMSD Fall 2015-present

Valeria Valverde-Vesling, IMSD Fall 2015-present

Sarah Bearman Fall 2016-present

Sarah Bearman
Fall 2016-present

Austin Evanovich, Barrett Honors College, Fall 2017-present

Austin Evanovich, Barrett Honors College, Fall 2017-present

David Levy, Summer 2016-present

David Levy, Summer 2016-present

Michelle Weinstein, Summer 2017-present

Michelle Weinstein, Summer 2017-present