Andrea Betancourt
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I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and previously worked at the University of Edinburgh.

Population genetics has produced a rich body of theory about how populations evolve, and with the advent of molecular biology, it has become possible to put these theories to a test. I focus on examining patterns found in molecular data and ask if these are consistent with theoretical predictions. My work has addressed questions such as: Does recombination allow more rapid adaptation? Do X-linked loci show stronger responses to selection? What forces drive the evolution of transposable elements? I have used both natural populations of Drosophila species and laboratory phage populations in my work.