KEY COLLABORATORS

Modern genome science is a highly collaborative effort and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to be successful without a network of excellent mentors and colleagues.  

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RICHARD DURBIN

University of Cambridge, UK (homepage)

Richard was my PhD advisor. Since the early days of the Human Genome Project he has accumulated vast experience in population genetics, bioinformatics, and designing large scale genomic studies.     

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MICHAEL MATSCHINER

University of Oslo, Norway (homepage)

I have been collaborating with Micha since early 2016, learning from his deep knowledge of phylogenomics. We also organise workshops together.   

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ERIC MISKA

University of Cambridge, UK (homepage)

Eric introduced me to the amazing evolution of cichlid fishes. I kept an association with his lab throughout my time in Cambridge and contributed microRNA gene annotation for the first cichlid genomes while working there (Brawand et al., 2014)   

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MOLLY PRZEWORSKI

Columbia University, NY, USA (homepage)

This is a new collaboration. Molly is an accomplished population geneticist and one of the best experts in the field of evolutionary studies of meiotic recombination. 

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WALTER SALZBURGER

University of Basel, Switzerland (homepage)

I have been working in Walter's lab as a postdoc, learning evolutionary theory, especially about adaptive radiations - see our cichlid genomics review (Svardal et al., 2020) and comment on Malawi ecology (Malinsky & Salzburger, 2016). I also contributed to the main lab research program (Ronco et al., 2020), and am trying to figure out the genetic basis of phenotypic convergence in cichlids (ongoing). 

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OLE SEEHAUSEN

EAWAG & University of Bern, Switzerland (homepage)

This is a new collaboration. Ole brings in additional expertise in speciation and adaptive radiation research, and especially in-depth knowledge of Lake Victoria cichlids - making it possible to combine data from all three East African Great Lake radiations in one study.

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HANNES SVARDAL

University of Antwerp, Belgium (homepage)

I have been collaborating with Hannes since our days together in the Durbin lab. In our work together, his special contributions focused on gene flow, in the Lake Malawi (Malinsky et al., 2018 and Svardal et al., 2020), broadly in cichlids (Svardal et al., 2020b) and methodological contributions to Dsuite (Malinsky et al. 2020).  

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GEORGE TURNER

University of Bangor, UK (homepage)

George's scientific focus is largely on cichlids of the Lake Malawi area. His work and vision was key to the study of speciation Lake Masoko in southern Tanzania (Malinsky et al., 2015), and his expertise was invaluable to the Lake Malawi study (Malinsky et al., 2018). George introduced me to fieldwork, with a leading role on three expeditions to East Africa - including the Malawi sampling for the collection at Cambridge Zoology Museum.