The Ramírez Lab



University of California - Davis

Lab in fall 2014



Current Lab Members



Philipp Brand, Graduate Student

pbrand@ucdavis.edu

Philipp received his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Dusseldorf (Germany). Philipp pursued his Masters degree, also at the University of Dusseldorf (Germany), for which he studied the evolutionary history and the patterns of selection of olfactory receptor genes in a pair of sister lineages of euglossine bees. Philipp joined the Ramírez lab and the Population Biology Graduate Group in 2013.



Julie Cridland, Postdoc

cridlandjm@ucdavis.edu

Julie's work has focused on the population dynamics of structural variants, such as duplications and inversions, that are segregating within a population, how these variants may generate new genes or associate new regulatory sequence with existing genes, and the processes by which these variants may lead to fixed differences between populations. Julie has also investigated transposable elements and how the may affect the regulation of nearby genes. Julie is currently investigating how geographic and environmental variation may interact with genetic variation to result in local adaptation.


Cheryl Dean, Laboratory Manager

cadean@ucdavis.edu

Cheryl received her B.Sc. in Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Cheryl went to work at Bodega Marine Laboratory as a field ecologist but soon discovered that population genetics is her passion. She worked in a genetics laboratory at NOAA NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where she specialized in using genetic tools for managing wildlife and fish species. Cheryl interests include innovative molecular genetic techniques, developing databases, and mentoring. Cheryl joined the Ramírez Lab as laboratory manager in 2013.



Micah Freedman, Graduate Student

mfreedman@ucdavis.edu

Micah received his B.S. in Entomology and Plant Sciences from Cornell University. He worked in André Kessler's chemical ecology lab, where his research focused on the ecology and evolution of floral scent, plant mating system evolution, and inducible plant defenses against herbivory. Micah is currently interested in the role that odorants play in reproductive isolation of Gongora orchids and Euglossa bees.




Molly Hetherington-Rauth, Visiting Student

mchetheringtonrauth@ucdavis.edu

Molly received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She is interested in investigating natural variation in populations and how such variation translates into the vast biodiversity that we observe. Currently she is working on characterizing scent phenotypes among orchids of the genus Gongora. In the future Molly hopes to pursue graduate school. Molly joined the Ramírez Lab in 2013.



Santiago Ramírez, Assistant Professor

sanram@ucdavis.edu

Santiago received his B.Sc. in Biology at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). He pursued his Ph.D. at Harvard University (advisor Naomi Pierce) and conducted postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley (in the lab of Neil Tsutsui). Santiago is broadly interested in studying the adaptations, speciation processes, and ecological determinants that influence insect-plant associations. His work combines multiple approaches including ecological genomics, molecular phylogenetics, population genetics, chemical ecology, and good old-fashioned natural history.



Nicholas Saleh, Graduate Student

nsaleh@ucdavis.edu

Nick Saleh received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, where he studied mate choice, speciation and hybridization in crickets. He then worked as the lab manager for the Morehouse lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied sexual selection and patterns of diversification in butterflies. Nick joined the Ramirez lab in 2014.



Marjorie Weber, CPB Postdoctoral Fellow link

mgw58@cornell.edu

Marjorie is interested in how ecological interactions impact phenotypic evolution and diversification across evolutionary scales. Marjorie received her Ph.D. in Anurag Agrawal's lab at Cornell University in 2014, and she is currently the CPB Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, co-sponsored by the Ramírez, Strauss and Wainwright labs. Her research focuses on trait-mediated interactions between plants, arthropods, and fungi, particularly on how plant traits mediate mutualistic and defensive interactions, such as extrafloral nectaries, mite domatia, and plant chemistry. Her work merges phylogenetic and experimental approaches.




Prospective students


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