ABOUT ME

Evolution is the logic backbone of any biological phenomenon. Since the modern synthesis, many quantitative evolutionary models (especially in the field of population genetics) have been developed to decipher the mode, tempo, and impact of evolution on the diversification of populations, species, and communities. These models have been successful and sufficient until recently, with the explosion of genomic data. The advent of a vast amount of genomic resources not only grants us the luxury of asking new questions but also, at the same time, requires new models, new tests and new statistical tools to understand the complexity of nature.

 

I am particularly passionate about building theoretical models and applying them empirically to understand the evolution and structuring of population diversities in time and space. I integrate concepts and tools from population genetics, genomic evolution, and disease ecology, and develop new methodologies to answer questions regarding rapid adaptation, range expansions and contractions, and parasite-pathogen coevolution.

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

2015-current

University of Chicago

Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Mercedes Pascual

2008-2014

University of Michigan

Ph.D. in EEB with Prof. L. Lacey Knowles

2004-2008

Fudan University

Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences

Contact:

Department of Biology

Purdue University

 

Email: heqixin(at)purdue(dot)edu

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