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ANNALISE PAABY
Assistant Professor

Office: 3011 EBB
Office: (404) 385-4588
Lab: 2108 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

After studying ecology as a biology major at Swarthmore College, I learned fly pushing as a technician for Steve DiNardo and then discovered evolutionary genetics as a tech for Paul Schmidt. I joined Paul’s lab as a graduate student and earned my PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. In 2015 I completed my postdoctoral training with Matt Rockman at New York University and began my appointment at Georgia Tech.

Pronunciation: "anna-lisa poe-bee"

HAN TING CHOU
Senior Research Scientist

Office: 2205 EBB
Lab: 2108 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

Han Ting began her career as a pianist and was a tenured professor of music in Argentina before she turned to science. She worked as a biology researcher for six years at National Tawain University, then earned her PhD in 2011 studying Pseudomonas in the lab of Chung-Dar Lu at Georgia State. She began working with worms as a postdoc with Casonya Johnson at GSU, and is now using high throughput microscopy methods to capture cellular phenotypes, including those associated with variability in germline RNAi.

SAMIKSHA KAUL
PhD student in Biology

Office: 2205 EBB
Lab: 2108 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

Samiksha became interested in evolution and quantitative genetics while working as an undergrad in Ian Dworkin's lab at McMaster University. After graduating with honors and a degree in molecular biology and genetics in 2016, she joined the Paaby lab and made the jump from flies to worms. She is investigating the functional and evolutionary consequences of variation in the early embryo.

FRANCISCO VALENCIA
Technician

Lab: 2108 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

Francisco earned his bachelor of science and licentiate in biochemistry and microbiology from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, where he graduated cum laude. He worked for eight years in industry in Guatemala, implementing and then providing consulting expertise for microbiology and molecular biology techniques in agricultural applications. He is now characterizing phenotypic and genetic variation in RNAi in wild C. elegans.

J.C. ALEXANDER
Technician

Lab: 2108 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

J.C. graduated from Ithaca College as a four-year Shirley Hockett scholar and a Caenorhabditis expert. Her work with Te-Wen Lo (Ithaca College) and Eric Haag (University of Maryland) focused on the evolution of dosage compensation in C. briggsae. She is now characterizing Caenorhabditis species distribution in the Southeast United States.

LING WANG
PhD student in Biology

Office: 2205 EBB
Lab: 2108 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

Ling received her B.S. from Southwest Jiao Tong University and Georgia State University, then her M.S. in Biology from GSU, working with Casonya Johnson on defining molecular signatures of C. elegans glia using RNA-seq. In the Paaby lab, she is collaborating with the Heitsch group in Mathematics to characterize the role of RNA secondary structure in trait expression and evolution.

CORINNE SIMONTI
Visiting Scientist

Office: 2101 EBB
email

Corinne completed her PhD at Vanderbilt with Tony Capra, where she studied the genetic basis of the phenotypic differences between humans and archaic hominins. She has experience in ancient DNA, modern computational and evolutionary genomics, and molecular mechanisms of evolution. She is a postdoc in the Lachance lab, but is "visiting" us across the hall to collaborate on identifying evolutionary signatures of selection on RNA secondary structure in genomic data.

AVERY DAVIS BELL
Postdoc

Office: 2205 EBB
Lab: (404) 385-5118
email

Avery began genetics research during her undergraduate training. After earning her B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College in 2012, she completed her PhD with Steve McCarroll at Harvard Medical School. Her graduate research focused on understanding genetic diversity in human sperm via the development and implementation of a single-sperm genome sequencing technology. She is now applying her computational genetics expertise to the allelic variation in C. elegans populations.

Previous lab members
KATHERINE SILLIMAN
Visiting postdoc, 2019
Now at Auburn University
STEPEHN KLUSZA
Binf MS student, 2018-19
Now at Clayton State University
DIPTODIP DEB
Undergraduate, 2015-18
Now at Janelia
RIA JOSHI
Undergraduate, 2017-18
KAI TONG
Rotation student, 2018
Now in the Ratcliff lab
NICK TESTA
Postdoc, 2016-17
Now data wizard at PNC
LIJIANG LONG
Rotation student, 2016
Now in the McGrath lab
DEBORAH POSTMA
Bee-INSPIRED program, 2016
Now MS student, GT
ERICK WHITE
Technician, 2015-16
Now at Yerkes Primate Center
SAMIHA CHOWDHURY
Undergraduate, 2015-16