Flown the coop

Former members of Coop lab
Peter Ralph.
Peter was a postdoc (NIH NRSA) working on various spatial population genetics models and analysis. He’s now faculty in Computational Biology at USC.

Yaniv Brandvain

Yaniv was an NSF biological informatics postdoctoral and Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral fellow at Davis. While a postdoc with the Coop Lab (and Turelli lab) Yaniv worked on a range of research related to the population genomics of plant speciation and meiotic drive. He started a faculty position at the University of Minnesota in 2014.

Joel Smith. Joel was a junior research specialist in the lab. He’s working on various projects on the evolution of recombination and local adaptation. He’s now a grad. student in E & E at chicago.

Torsten Gunther: visited the lab in 2011-2012 and worked on extending Bayenv to more robustly identify signals of local adaptation.

Chenling Antelope (Xu)
Chenling did her undergrad at Davis and joined our group as a junior research specialist. She worked on understanding patterns of recent adaptation in Mimulus (in collaboration with Kevin Wright and John Willis) and on creating sex-specific maps of recombination in humans. Chenling joined the compbio grad group at UC Berkeley.

Ivan Juric
Ivan wass a postdoc in the Coop Lab. Before joining Coop lab, Ivan was a graduate student with Sergey Gavrilets at the University of Tennessee where he worked on projects related to how selection, recombination and gene flow affect DNA polymorphisms. In the Coop lab he worked on understanding Neanderthal introgression and the analysis of recent human history. He now works at 23&me.

Gideon Bradburd


Gideon was a PhD student and worked on developing methods to study spatial patterns of genetic variation and applying these in a variety of empirical systems. He’s now faculty at MSU.

Alisa Sedghifar

Alisa was a graduate student in the Coop and Begun labs, she worked on Drosophila popgen and spatial admixture patterns and is currently working for Ancestry DNA.

Simon Aeschbacher
Simon was a swiss NSF postdoc with us and worked on signals of selection against gene-flow here.

Jeremy Berg

Jeremy was in the lab 2011-2016 and worked on theory and methods to detect selection acting on polygenic traits and standing variation. Here is now faculty at U Chicago.

Katie Ferris

Katie_ferris.JPGKatie was the Center for Population Biology Post-doctoral Fellow and studied the genetic basis, development, and adaptive significance of leaf shape in the annual plant Mimulus laciniatus in collaboration with Johanna Schmitt and Jeff Ross-Ibarra. She’s now faculty at Tulane.

Kristin Lee
Kristin joined the lab in 2014 as a PhD student following on from doing an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. Kristin worked on methods to identify the mode of convergence from population genomic data. She’s now a postdoc at Columbia in the Przeworski lab.

Nancy Chen
Nancy was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Coop lab. Her research combines genomic data with long-term demographic and pedigree data to study the evolutionary processes governing patterns of genetic variation across the genome. She’s now faculty at Rochester.

Emily Josephs

em_20valleycroppedEmily was a NSF plant genome postdoc working on adaptation to domestication in collaboration with Jeff Ross-Ibarra and Julin Maloof. She’s now faculty at MSU.


Vince Buffalo

Vince joined the lab in 2015 as a PhD student. Vince worked on theory and methods for understanding the impact of linked selection. He’s now a postdoc at the University of Oregon.

Erin Calfee


Erin was a graduate student in the Coop lab working on genomic methods to answer questions about natural selection within hybrid zones, the evolution of reproductive isolation, and the role of admixture in various natural systems. She started her PhD in 2015 and previously earned a bachelor’s at Brown University, where she studied history (of people, not genomes). She’s now working for Adaptive in Seattle.


Doc (Michael) Edge
Doc received his PhD from Stanford University in 2016, working with Noah Rosenberg.He joined us then and worked on methods for detecting polygenic selection and forensic searches and data privacy in genetic genealogy. He’s now faculty at USC.


Matt Osmond

Mattjoined the lab in 2018 as a Center for Population Biology postdoc, after finishing his PhD with Sally Otto. Matt worked on coalescent models of evolutionary rescue and inferring the geographic location of genetic ancestors. He’s now faculty at the University of Toronto.


Sivan Yair
Sivan was a PhD student working on methods to characterize cases of introgression, such as the timing and strength of selection, to understand the context in which introgressed alleles rise in frequency. She joined the lab in 2016 following her undergraduate at the College of William and Mary. She moved to work as a computational genomicist at Color.