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Marcus Kronforst

Marcus Kronforst is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and the lab PI. His research focuses on the genetics and evolution of mimicry and speciation in butterflies. He and the members of his lab apply a combination of molecular and population genetics, phylogenetics, behavioral studies, and field research to address questions regarding evolution and genetics of adaptation and speciation.

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  Marcus Kronforst

Sumitha Nallu

Sumitha Nallu is a research associate in the Kronforst lab. Sumitha joined the group in August 2013. Her research interests are in coevolutionary dynamics of host-herbivore interactions and molecular genetics of mimicry in butterflies. Besides research, she coordinates various research activities in the lab.

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  Sumitha Nallu

Darli Massardo

Darli Massardo is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Kronforst Lab. Darli joined the group in August 2014 and she is developing CRISPR/Cas9 as a tool to verify the functional evidence of wing pattern genes in butterflies. In addition, she is interested in understanding the genetic basis of mimicry exploring whether independent origins of the trait (mimicry) involve the same genes in Hypolimnas butterflies.

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  Darli Massardo

Gregg Wildenberg

Gregg Wildenberg is a Staff Scientist at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and Department of Neurobiology. He also has an appointment at Argonne National Lab. Gregg joined the lab in September of 2016 and his main project is comparative brain mapping (“connectomics”) of behaviorally distinct species within the Heliconius genus.

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  Gregg Wildenberg

Nicholas W. VanKuren

Nick joined the Kronforst Lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar in 2017. He is interested in understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic variation within populations. He is investigating the functional genomics of swallowtail supergene mimicry and the genetic basis of mate preference in Heliconius.

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  Nicholas VanKuren

Susan Finkbeiner

Susan is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Kronforst Lab, working in conjunction with Sean Mullen at Boston University under a NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant.

Her current work involves a comprehensive analysis of the evolutionary mechanisms underlying adaptive phenotypic variation across a rapidly diversifying lineage of butterflies, with the central goal of understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape temporal and spatial patterns of biodiversity.

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  Susan Finkbeiner

Daniela Palmer

Daniela is a fifth year graduate student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Her work focuses on the evolution of supergene mimicry in Papilio polytes.

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  Daniela Palmer

Roberto Márquez

Roberto Márquez is a PhD student in the department of Ecology and Evolution. He joined the Kronforst Lab in September 2013 to work on the evolution and genetic basis of aposematic phenotypes, especially coloration and toxicity, in Poison Frogs. 

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  Roberto Marquez

Laura Southcott

Laura Southcott joined the lab in 2013 as a PhD student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Her research interests include the genetic architecture of speciation, the role of behaviour in reproductive isolation, and the genetics of mimicry.

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  Laura Southcott

Ayse Tenger-Trolander

Ayse Tenger-Trolander is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolution where she studies the genetics of migration and the role it plays in the evolution of Danaus plexippus (monarch butterflies).

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  Ayse Tenger-Trolander

Erick Bayala

Erick Bayala is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy interested in understanding the developmental mechanisms of color pattern formation and evolution.

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  Erick Bayala

Carlos Sahagun

Carlos joined the Kronforst Lab in the summer of 2014 as a Research Technician.

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  Carlos Sahagun

Iris Mire

Iris is a third-year undergraduate in the Biology Department specializing in Ecology and Evolution. She joined lab in September 2017 and is studying the genetics of mate preference in Heliconius butterflies.

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  Iris Mire

Daniel Ruttenberg

Daniel 'Dee' Ruttenberg is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago majoring in Biology and Linguistics, who joined the lab in fall of 2017.  His research currently concerns the genetics and evolutionary origins of sexual dimorphism of wing patterning in Elymnias hypermnestra.

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  Daniel Ruttenberg

Anastasia Weger

I am a second-year undergraduate pursuing a Bachelors in Biology and have been working with the Kronforst lab since March 2017. I am currently working on investigating the genetic basis for mate choice based on wing color in Heliconius cydno butterflies.

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  Anastasia Weger
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