COMPUTATIONAL GENETICS & GENOMICS
I use genetics & genomics to investigate a broad range of biological problems. I'm especially excited about problems that can be better understood through an evolutionary lens.
Much of my work relates to genetic exchange between previously separated populations-- both how gene flow occurs and its ecologically and medically relevant consequences.
I completed my PhD in the Noor Lab at Duke University, where I used Drosophila species to understand how variation in chromosome structure shapes meiotic recombination and gene flow. I then worked as an NIH Kirschstein NRSA postdoctoral fellow in Amy Goldberg's lab at Duke University, where I studied how social and evolutionary processes shape genetic variation in human populations of diverse ancestries.
As a whole, my PhD and postdoctoral work aims to connect our understanding of genetic exchange on both genomic and population-level scales, ranging from understanding the recombination landscape to understanding the social and ecological processes that determine how populations interact.
I've also collaboratively developed a range of computational tools and resources. For more info, please check out my Research Interests and Publications, or get in touch!
Katharine Korunes, PhD
Evolutionary geneticist; computational biologist
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