Current Members

eqtl Raquel Assis, Principal Investigator

Raquel received her B.S. in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Florida in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan in 2011. She completed a NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley in 2013 and joined the faculty in the Department of Biology at Penn State in 2014. Her research interests encompass a diversity of evolutionary questions, with a primary goal to understand connections between genotype and phenotype.


eqtl Xueyuan Jiang, Ph.D. student in MCIBS

Xueyuan received her B.S. in Biology from Nanjing University in 2013 and her M.S. in Molecular Pathology from the University of Southern California in 2015. Her past research projects examined sequence and expression evolution after gene duplication in Drosophila and grasses, and she is currently studying lineage-specific evolution of genes in multiple human populations.


eqtl Balaji Kumar, Ph.D. student in Biology

Balaji received his B.S. in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology in 2015. His research focuses on sequence and expression evolution after gene translocations and inversions in Drosophila.



Juan Cerda, Ph.D. rotation student in Bioinformatics and Genomics, August - November 2017

Brent Perry, undergraduate researcher, August 2014 - May 2017

Jacob Heldenbrand, M.S. student in MCIBS, January 2015 - July 2016

Soufieh Hakimzadeh, undergraduate researcher, January 2015 - August 2016

Janne Olson, undergraduate researcher, January - August 2015

Will Rosenow, undergraduate researcher, August - November 2014

Nabeel Ahmed, Ph.D. rotation student in Bioinformatics and Genomics, April - June 2014