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Population Genomics of microorganisms and their hosts in health and disease People

Kaija Serena Broders

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During my time at the U of A, I completed an honors thesis being advised by Dr. Katrina Dlugosch and Dr. David Hembry. My research focused on the evolution of growth form and invasiveness in leafflower plants (Phyllanthaceae: Phyllantheae: Phyllanthus sensu lato) using phylogenetic and comparative methods. Currently, I am a first year masters student at Washington State University in the School of Biological Sciences, under the advise of Dr. Cornejo. My research interests include phylogenetics and population genomics. During my time at WSU, I hope to improve my bioinformatics skills and learn more about population genetics. Outside of the lab I enjoy photography, going to the beach, and being outdoors. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and learned to have an appreciation for the natural world which led me toward a career in the scientific field.