Post Doctoral Research Associate.Sophie started her post-doctoral position at the IGMM in 2012 to work on evolutionary genomics. Prior to this, she obtained a BSc in Wellington, New Zealand, a Master’s degree in Toulouse, France, and a PhD in Edinburgh. Her first post-doctoral position was also in Edinburgh.
Sophie’s previous post-doctoral position was with Prof. Brian Charlesworth at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Edinburgh, where she studied the faster evolution of genes on the X chromosome in two Drosophila clades. During this postdoc, she stayed at the Vetmeduni in Vienna for a month to learn about NGS and collaborate with Prof. Christian Schlötterer and Dr Andrea Betancourt on a de novo Drosophila genome sequence. Before this, she obtained a PhD in molecular evolution, also with Prof. Brian Charlesworth. Her project was on the evolution of non-coding DNA in Drosophila, particularly on selective constraint detected in introns and UTRs. Her master’s degree was in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. The project was on the differential evolution of the X and Y copies of a gene responsible for enamel formation, AMEL, and was supervised by Prof. Brigitte Crouau-Roy. During her master’s, she also had the opportunity to work with Dr Andrea Manica and Dr François Balloux at the Genetics Department in Cambridge for two months to build a database of allotype frequencies for MHC class I genes and geographic coordinates. She completed a BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity at Victoria University of Wellington.