Professor, Biology Department, McMaster University
Ben received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University in 1998 where he worked with Darcy Kelley and Don Melnick on hybrid zones in South Africa and Indonesia. After this, he did a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin with Dave Cannatella, where he explored phylogenetics and phylogeography of fanged frogs in Southeast Asia. He moved to McMaster in 2004, where he’s carried on with some of these projects and also initiated new research directions on duplicate genes, sex chromosomes, and transposable elements. After receiving tenure in 2010, he spent a sabbatical year with Brian Charlesworth at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. In 2017-8 he did a second sabbatical year in the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
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Tharindu did his undergraduate work at the Department of Zoology in the University of Colombo. Tharindu is studying population genetics and sex determination in multiple Xenopus species using gene editing and bioinformatics.
M. Sc. candidate
Jianlong did his undergraduate work at Nanjing Agricultural University in China. At McMaster, he is studying sex chromosome evolution, gene expression, and genomics of the allotetraploid frog X. mellotropicalis using bioinformatics. Jianlong also has explored mitonuclear interactions in macaque monkeys.
M. Sc. candidate
Lindsey did her undergraduate work at Trent University and is studying phenotypes of mutant Xenopus.
Visiting scholar from Ahmadu Bello University. Emmanuela is studying host/parasite interactions in African clawed frogs from Nigeria.
Caroline Cauret, PhD graduate, now postdoc at Oregon State University
Veronica Lopardo, undergraduate thesis student
Martin Knytl, Postdoc, now postdoc at Charles University
Xue Song, MSc student and undergraduate thesis student, now a bioinformatician at Cedar Sinai Medical Group
Sinthu Senthillmohan, Undergraduate thesis student, now a medical student at the University of Toronto
Ben Furman, Ph.D. graduate, now a Bioinformatician at Canexia Health
Conner Hurd, undergraduate
Hermina Ghenu, M.Sc. graduate, now a Ph.D. candidate at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal)
Brian Alcock, M.Sc. graduate, now a Research Technician at McMaster University
Nate Upham, postdoc, now an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University
Jake Esselstyn, postdoc, now an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University
Jane Shen, M.Sc. graduate, now a postdoc at U.C.S.F.
Adam Bewick, Ph.D. graduate, now a Genomics Scientist at Bayer Crop Science
Freddy Chain, Ph.D. graduate, now an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
Iqbal Setiadi, Ph.D. candidate, now an Environmental Consultant
Dave Anderson, M.Sc. graduate, now an Instructor at the University of Calgary
Graham Colby, undergraduate, now a graduate student at the University of Ottawa
Karun Tandoon, undergraduate
Zach Hugh, undergraduate
Shireen Bliss, undergraduate
Simone Mendel, undergraduate, now a physician
Mohammad Zubairi, undergraduate, now a physician
Laura Pin, undergraduate
Tia Harrison, undergraduate; now a graduate student at the University of Toronto
Travis Fuchs, undergraduate
Christine Munro, undergraduate
Fayrouz Jamal, undergraduate
Stephanie Sun, undergraduate
Brady Tracey, undergraduate
Eliza Wojcik, undergraduate