Graham Coop

Email: gmcoop<at>ucdavis <.>edu

I was a post-doc in the group of Jonathan
Pritchard in the Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, while there I also work closely with Molly Przeworski. Before that I was a PhD student with Bob Griffiths in the mathematical genetics group in Statistics Department at Oxford. I’m now an associate professor in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis. CV_2015

Simon Aeschbacher
Simon is a postdoc in evolutionary and population genetics. He’s working on methods to detect the signal of local adaptation in genomic data. He joins us from a postdoc with Reinhard Bürger at the University of Vienna, and still collaborates with Reinhard on theoretical models of migration, selection, and genetic drift. During his PhD, with Nick Barton, he worked on the choice of summary statistics in ABC and on inferring evolutionary and demographic parameters from population genetic data. You can read more about his work here.

Jeremy Berg

Jeremy joined the lab in 2011 from a undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and worked with David Baum while there. He’s working on methods to detect selection acting on polygenic traits.


Vince Buffalo
Vince is currently taking the popbio core (2014-2015), previously he worked as a bioinformatics wiz in various labs. You can find his book on bioinformatics book here.



Nancy Chen
Nancy is 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. Before joining the Coop lab, Nancy was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a Ph.D. student with Andy Clark and John Fitzpatrick. At Cornell, she worked on the genomic consequences of declining population size and developed bioinformatics tools for analyzing next-generation sequencing data in non-model organisms.

Emily Josephs

em_20valleycroppedEmily is a NSF plant genome postdoc working on adaptation to domestication in collaboration with Jeff Ross-Ibarra and Julin Maloof. She has a PhD from the University of Toronto, where she worked on the within-population maintenance of variation for gene expression with Stephen Wright and John Stinchcombe.



Kristin Lee
Kristin joined the lab in 2014 as a PhD student following on from doing an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. Kristin is working on methods to identify the mode of convergence from population genomic data.

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(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 working between the Moore, Coop, and Shaffer labs. Gideon works on various problems in population genetics, Phylogenetics, and Herpetology. One of the foci of his research is developing methods to study spatial patterns of genetic variation and applying these in a variety of empirical systems. He’s currently doing a  postdoc at UC Berkeley.

Alisa Sedghifar

Alisa was a graduate student in the Coop and Begun labs. Alisa did her undergraduate work with Ary Hoffmann and Charles Robin at the University of Melbourne. Her interests currently focus on the genetics of local adaptation, with a focus on spatial population genomics in Drosophila. She’s currently doing a postdoc with Peter Andolfatto at Princeton.