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About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher with Jeffrey Jensen at Arizona State University and I worked with Michael Lynch during my PhD at Indiana University. My research interest broadly spans population genetics and molecular evolution. I am interested in how non-adaptive evolutionary processes like changes in population size, recombination rate, presence of negative selection and factors such as genome architecture shape patterns of variation.  I am currently working on making statistical methods to measure the extent of such evolutionary forces from population-genomic data with specific interests in inference of demography and the distribution of fitness effects of deleterious mutations. 

"It does not deny that change, when it occurs, may be mediated by natural selection, but it holds that constraints restrict possible paths and modes of change so strongly that the constraints themselves become much the most interesting aspect of evolution."
-Gould and Lewontin, 1979

EDUCATION

2018 - Present

2012 - 2018

2009 - 2012

2006 - 2009

Postdoctoral Researcher

Arizona State University

Advisor: Jeffrey D. Jensen

PhD, Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Program

Indiana University, Bloomington

Advisor: Michael Lynch

Master's in Biology

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

B. Sc. in Mathematics

St. Stephen's College, Delhi, India