Meet the Lab
Alvaro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale. He got an undergraduate degree in Physics from UAM (Madrid) in 2003, and graduate degrees in Biophysics from the University of Minnesota and Brandeis, where he got his PhD in 2010. After a short postdoc at MIT, he started his own group at the Rowland Institute at Harvard as a Junior Fellow in 2013, and then moved to Yale in 2016. Alvaro is a Castilian from Zamora and an adoptive New Englander.
Djordje joined the lab in July 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. He has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biophysics, working with Juan Poyatos at CNB in Madrid. During his thesis work, he used a combination of computational and experimental approaches to understand the principles that connect genotype and phenotype in microorganisms. Djordje is from Belgrade, Serbia.
Sylvie joined our group in 2017 after two years as a postdoc with Ben Kerr at the University of Washington in Seattle. Sylvie got her PhD in Evolutionary Microbiology in 2015, working with Sam Brown at the University of Edinburgh. Her past work focused on computational modeling of microbe-microbe interactions within complex communities. In our lab she is starting to pursue experimental work on microbial community assembly. She is originally from Portugal.
Jean is a graduate student in the EEB department at Yale. Jean is interested in the eco-evolutionary dynamics of niche construction by microbial populations. He got his undergraduate degree at Oxford and his M.S. at Imperial College in London.
Chang-Yu is a graduate student in EEB at Yale. He has strong interest in combining computational modeling and experimental approaches to study eco-evolutionary dynamics. With us, he is starting to work on microbial community assembly. Chang-Yu got his BS in Biology and MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at National Taiwan University.
Maddie is an undergraduate student in EEB at Yale. She is interested in the applications of fitness landscape modeling to systems like antibiotic resistance and cancer, and she credits Alicia and Jean for teaching her all she knows about benchwork. She aspires to be a science journalist and has written for CNN, among other outlets. Maddie is from New York City.
Alicia started the lab with us in 2016 as an Associate Research Scientist, and ran the wet-lab for two years before moving back to Spain. With us she published three papers, and has several on the making (Stay tuned!). We are somehow surviving without her (so far)! Before joining our group Alicia was appointed as a permanent staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB) in Madrid. She got her PhD in Biology at CSIC, and although now working on microbial ecology, the core of her work has been in microbial physiology, cell division and antibiotic discovery. Alicia is from Madrid, Spain.