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Department of Plant Sciences


I work on a hypervariable gene in plant-parasitic nematodes that is thought to have more than 1000 alleles. Strangely, these alleles seem not to be inherited but rather result from somatic rearrangements in just a few cells.

Before joining the Department of Plant Sciences, I did protocol development for single-cell DNA sequencing (Strand-seq), made an R package to detect and genotype inversions, co-developed a phasing technique that uses epigenetic imprinting to infer which parent alleles were inherited from, and estimated the rate at which heritable somatic mutations accumulate in Sitka spruce trees. I use a mix of bioinformatics, wet lab molecular biology, and (once upon a time) fieldwork.

I did my PhD with Peter Lansdorp, Diana Spierings, and Victor Guryev (University of Groningen / BC Cancer Research Centre; 2023), and I did my MSc with Sally Aitken (University of British Columbia; 2018). Before that I studied mathematics and philosophy (Queen’s University, Canada; 2014).

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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