Who we are

David Garfield (PI)

Work in my group grows from two core ideas:

     1) Differences between species begin first as variation within species.

     2) Understanding the evolution of development goes hand-in-hand with research into developmental mechanisms. 

My job here is to help researchers build projects around these two themes while not getting too much in the way of the people actually doing most of the work. 

Alexandra Trinks (Super Tech/Lab Manager)

Alexandra joined us from the Hofreiter lab in Potsdam where she worked on sequencing methods for ancient DNA and turns her skills now to developing single-cell methods for weird sea creatures and generally making sure the lab stays up and running.

Anna Monaco (PhD Student)

Using single-cell sequencing and weird fly hybrids, Anna works to understand the evolution of gene expression and how aspects of regulatory architecture (eg. tissue type) impact the visibility of mutations to natural selection.  

Jonas Brandenburg (PhD Student)

The captain of team urchin, Jonas aims to to understand how mutations and environmental influences impact development. 

Dominika Vojtasova (PhD Student)

Dominika is taking us back to our roots in development, working to figure out how regulatory element usage changes during cell-fate specification (and re-specification!) during sea urchin development. She is funded as part of the IRTG 2403

Marion Dewender (Technician)

Marion keeps us running from the ground up: Buffers, maintaining the flies, coordinating repairs. Basically, all the stuff that makes science happen. 


If you're interested in joining the lab for doctoral or post-doctoral research, please contact me directly to discuss potential funding mechanisms. Bachelors and Masters students are also welcome to apply!