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Past Lab Members

Erica Westerman
University of Chicago
Post-doc from 2012 – 2016, with research focusing on the genetic basis of mimicry and mate choice in Heliconius butterflies.

Kristine Don
University of Chicago
Undergraduate Research Assistant, undergraduate research assistant in the lab from 2014-2016, she worked on host-herbivore interactions.

Riva Letchinger
University of Chicago
Undergraduate Research Assistant, from February 2013 - April 2015, her research focused on butterfly mate choice behavior.

Giselle Garcia
University of Chicago
Research technician, from July 2013-September 2014, managed and maintained stocks of plants and butterflies in greenhouse.

Min Zhang
Visiting researcher from China.
Min’s research focuses on exploring the function of candidate wing patterning genes in butterflies

Ayse Trolander
University of Chicago
Research technician, from July 2011-June 2013, she worked on examining the expression of candidate wing patterning genes.

Catalina Estrada
University of Chicago
Visiting post-doc, her research focuses on the importance of plant fungal symbionts (endophytes) in mediating ecological interactions between tropical plants and their natural enemies.

Nicola Chamberlain
Harvard University
Post-doc from 2008 – 2012, with research focusing on speciation and adaptation in Heliconius butterflies, but also branching out into research on monarch butterfly migration.
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Darli Massardo
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Visiting Ph.D. student from 2011 - 2012 , focusing on evolution and genomics of Dione and Heliconius butterflies in Brazil.

Krushnamegh Kunte
Harvard University
Post-doc from 2009 – 2012, with research focusing on speciation and the genetics of mimicry in North American and Asian swallowtail butterflies.

Nicholas Gillingham
Oberlin College
Systems Biology summer intern - examining the genetic basis of color patterning in Heliconius butterflies.

Jean Santos
Amherst College
Systems Biology summer intern – phylogenetic relationships among swallowtail butterflies.

Janelle Ikard
University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Meyerhoff Scholar
Systems Biology summer intern - examining the genetic basis of color patterning in butterflies and ladybugs.

Jeremy Hsu
Harvard University
Systems Biology summer intern, PRISE & HCRP funded scholar. Jeremy was an OEB student at Harvard who did his senior thesis in the Kronforst lab. His research focused on comparative population genomics and migratory behavior in monarch butterflies. Jeremy is now a Ph.D. student at Stanford University.

Vibha Rao
University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Meyerhoff Scholar
Systems Biology summer intern - examining the genetic basis of wing coloration in Heliconius butterflies.

Gilson Moreira
Associate Professor, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
population genetics of Brazilian Heliconiini.

Ryan Hill
Harvard University
Post-doc from September 2008 until September 2010, during which time he studied genetics of mimicry and mate preference in Heliconius as well as phylogenetics and phylogeography of Heliconius and ithomiine butterflies.

Garret Johnson
Masconomet High School
worked with Ryan Hill on morphological variation in Heliconius erato.

Lily Cabour
Masconomet High School
worked with Krushnamegh Kunte on Papilio phylogenetics.

Cristina Shea
Stanford University
Systems Biology summer intern - hybrid speciation in North American swallowtail butterflies.

Swee Peck Quek
Harvard University
Research Associate - association mapping of a color switch gene in Heliconius butterflies & phylogeography of H. erato and H. melpomene.

Mark Clements
Harvard University
Research Associate - association mapping of a color switch gene in Heliconius butterflies.

Priscila Albuquerque de Moura
UFRN, Brazil
visiting graduate student - comparative population genetics of Heliconius in Brazil.

Sha Jin
Harvard University
Systems Biology summer intern, PRISE & HCRP funded scholar - characterizing transcripts of wing patterning candidate genes in Heliconius butterflies.

TJ Dakermanji
University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Meyerhoff Scholar
Systems Biology summer intern - examining the genetic basis of adaptation in butterflies.

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