John Pool
John Pool

John started the lab in 2011.  Prior to that, he did postdoctoral research with Chuck Langley (UC Davis) and Rasmus Nielsen (UC Berkeley & Copenhagen), and graduate study with Chip Aquadro (Cornell).  At UW Madison, he is affiliated with the Laboratory of Genetics and the Genetics PhD program, the Zoology graduate program, the J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution, and the Genome Sciences Training Program.

Yuheng Huang

Yuheng is analyzing RNAseq data to uncover gene expression and alternative splicing differences between populations.  His PhD work on Drosophila experimental evolution was with Aneil Agrawal at the University of Toronto.
PhD Students:

Jeremy Lange
Jeremy Lange


Jeremy is a Genetics PhD student interested in applications of math and statistics to biology, and population genetics in particular.  He has evaluated a new haplotype statistic for detecting local adaptation, and he's currently examining the effects of natural selection on demographic inference.
Quentin Sprengelmeyer

Quentin is a student in the Genetics PhD Program working on the genetics of adaptation.  His projects include QTL mapping, population genomics, and CRISPR genome editing.  He earned a masters degree working on loon phylogenomics with Alec Lindsay at Northern Michigan.

Chris McAllester

Chris is a Genetics PhD student interested in using theory and computation to answer evolutionary questions.  He is currently investigating a new model for inversion maintenance. As an undergraduate at Cornell, he did computational research on transcription factor binding sites with Robert Reed.

Tiago Ribeiro

Tiago is a Zoology PhD student interested in the genetics of adaptation and the histories of natural populations.  He received a Masters degree from the University of So Paulo working with Christina Miyaki.

Matt Lollar

Matt is a Genetics PhD student interested in nervous system evolution and reproductive isolation.  He did masters research on fly behavior with Janis O'Donnell at the University of Alabama.

Juliana Cordeiro
Juliana is a visiting professor from Brazil's Universidade Federal de Pelotas.  Her research spans from cytogenetics to ecology, and includes the adaptations of flower-freeding Drosophila.

Vedika Ramesh Vedika is a recent Genetics graduate who has analyzed population genomic data to assess the evidence for local adaptation on olfactory receptor genes.  She currently helps with a range of projects.

Jorge Garnica
Jorge is a Biology major who has calibrated various selective pressures for use in experimental evolution studies and currently helps with various experiments and stock maintenance.

Shimeng Gao
Shimeng is a Biology major who is helping with various research projects.

Ellen Morgan
Ellen is a Genetics major who is researching the geography of partial reproductive isolation in Drosophila.

Emma Patch
Emma is planning a Genetics and Environmental Sciences major and helps to maintain our >3000 fly stocks.

Megan Orr Megan is a summer research student from Brevard College in North Carolina.  She is mapping the genomic regions involved in adaptation to cold climates.

Lab alumni:

Amir Yassin - CNRS-funded faculty member at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris
Hlose Bastide - faculty member at University of Paris-Sud & CNRS Gif-sur-Yvette
Justin Lack - computational biologist at the National Institutes of Health
Ryuichi Sugino - computational biologist at Saitama Cancer Center

Davorka Gulisija - postdoctoral researcher with Joshua Plotkin at University of Pennsylvania
Murillo Rodrigues - PhD student at the University of Oregon

Undergraduates who finished their UW careers in the Pool Lab:
Nicole Bangart (2014)
Evan Johanning (2014)
Dylan Braun (2015)
Ben Groth (2017)
Grant Hoppel (2017)
Matt Monette (2017)
Audrey Simard (2017)
Vedika Ramesh (2018)