After studying biology in Montpellier and Paris, and a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University, I embarked on a postdoc at the American Museum of Natural History's Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, in NYC, running the AMNH DNA Barcoding Initiative for Conservation and working on plant phylogenomics and molecular evolution of pathogens. African forest elephants drew my attention in early graduate life. Since then, I have become interested in larger molecular evolutionary issues, conservation genetics, the applications of molecular ecology in endangered species and taxa involved in trade, comparative genomics of microbial wildlife and human pathogens, ancient DNA, and frameworks of evolutionary inference using biomolecular data using next-generation sequencing technologies in organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, basal metazoans, extinct mammals and museum historical specimens.I taught graduate courses at Columbia University and at the AMNH Richard Gilder Graduate School. In 2011-2012 I was a Term Assistant Professor of Biology at Barnard College, Columbia University, and since 2012 I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham University.
I continue collaborating with AMNH scientists Rob DeSalle, George Amato and Rick Baker as a Research Affiliate at the AMNH Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. In parallel, I work with colleagues from New York University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the New York Botanical Garden, and the AMNH under the umbrella of the New York Plant Genomics Consortium to investigate the evolution of the seed plants using phylogenomic and molecular genetic approaches.
See my collection of links to programs for molecular evolutionary analyses.