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PI - Nadia Singh
Nadia Singh Nadia got her start in evolutionary biology as an undergraduate, working in the lab of Steve Palumbi. She did her PhD at Stanford University with Dmitri Petrov and did a postdoc at Cornell University with Andrew Clark and Chip Aquadro. Since moving to Raleigh in the Fall of 2010, Nadia has rekindled her love affair with biscuits.
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Kathryn P. Kohl
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Kathryn P. Kohl Kathryn graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Biology in 2006. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. Her dissertation research in Jeff Sekelsky's lab examined the molecular mechanisms of meiotic recombination in Drosophila melanogaster. In the Singh lab, Kathryn will continue to study recombination in Drosophila, with an emphasis on recombination variation in response to stress. In addition to Drosophila genetics, Kathryn's interests include science education/outreach, UNC basketball, and Buffalo Bills football.
Graduate Students    
Chad M. Hunter
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Chad M. Hunter Chad received his B.S. in Biological Sciences, with minors in Genetics and Music, from North Carolina State in 2009 and his M.S. in Cell Biology from East Carolina University in 2011, studying DNA replication and genome integrity. Chad is broadly interested in genetics and still trying to find his niche but enjoys working with the model organism Drosophila. Chad is a huge college football fan but enjoys watching and playing almost all sports.
Matt Robinson
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Matt Robinson Matt received his B.S. in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill and his Masters in Biology at East Carolina University studying intron evolution. His research interests are in evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics. When not in the lab Matt enjoys playing soccer, frisbee golf, and going to watch the Carolina Hurricanes.
Undergraduate Students    
Dallas Criscoe
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Dallas Criscoe Dallas is an NCSU undergraduate majoring in Genetics. He is interested in a number of areas pertaining to aging and disease research. Dallas is currently assisting in the lab’s ongoing work on surveying natural variation in recombination rate in Drosophila. Outside the lab, Dallas enjoys reading, writing, soccer and watching foreign films.
Savannah Jackson
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Savannah Jackson Savannah is an undergraduate at NCSU majoring in Genetics with a minor in biotechnology. Her interests are primarily in developmental and evolutionary genetics. She has also worked with the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. In her free time she enjoys relaxing with a good book or being active outside.
Haylee McLean
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Haylee McLean Haylee is an undergraduate at NCSU majoring in Genetics. She also has a minor in Nutrition and is very interested in pursuing research. Outside of the lab, Haylee loves to read and sail.
Kaitlyn O’Shea
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Kaitlyn O’Shea Kaitlyn is an undergraduate at NCSU majoring in Genetics as well as working towards minors in Spanish and Math. She is broadly interested in healthcare and would like to apply her passion for genetics and mathematics to help as many people as possible. When not in the lab, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her family and pets, volunteering in medical clinics, and playing any team sport involving a ball.
Dana Truempy
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Dana Truempy Dana is an undergraduate at NC State majoring in Genetics with a minor in French. She is interested in studying genetics as it pertains to human health. Outside of academics, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time at her home in Asheville, NC.
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Stephanie Ruzsa
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Stephanie Ruzsa Stephanie has worked in a number of NCSU Genetics laboratories, making her way down a scale of model organisms, from maize and Arabidopsis to Heliconius butterflies - and now Drosophila. Outside the lab she enjoys the great outdoors of North Carolina.
Lab Alumni    
Jeff Adrion
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Jeff Adrion While in the Singh lab, Jeff completed a project using population genetic techniques to reconstruct the invasion history of Drosophila suzukii in the United States. After receiving his B.S. in the Biology Department in the summer of 2012, Jeff left NCSU to pursue a PhD in Biology at Indiana University.
Dhriti Nayyar
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Dhriti Nayyar Dhriti, an international student at NC State, started working in the Singh lab during Summer 2011 and received her B.S. in Biology in May 2012. While here, Dhriti investigated the frequency of Wolbachia infection in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans. She is currently exploring research opportunities in the Raleigh area as she prepares to apply to graduate school.
Harry Sedgwick
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Harry Sedgwick Harry is an undergraduate from the University of Surrey pursuing a degree in biomedical science. He spent a year as an intern in the Singh lab using cytological techniques to survey natural variation in recombination rate in mice.
Gwen Shedor
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  Gwen is a student at Appalachian State University, majoring in Chemistry. To follow up on the project of lab alumnus Jeff Adrion, Gwen came to the Singh Lab for the summer of 2012 to work on the genetics of olfactory preferences in Drosophila suzukii. She's interested in a career in forensics but learned how much fun fruit flies are and enjoyed putting her classwork to practical use.