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Dr Aida Andres
Darwin Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Biography

Aida obtained her PhD working on primate comparative genomics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) under the supervision of Jaume Bertranpetit. She then went on to two postdoctoral positions in human population genomics, first at Cornell University (NY, USA) in the group of Andrew G. Clark, and then at the National Human Genome Research Institute (MD, USA), with Eric Green. She moved to Leipzig (Germany) to launch a new group on population genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, before joining the UCL Genetics Institute in 2017.

Research Summary

Aida is fundamentally interested in how organisms adapt to their ecological niches. In her work, this means analysing genomes, both modern and ancient, to infer how natural selection mediates adaptation to the environment. Most of her work has been on humans, as they have an interesting history of fast colonization of diverse environments, and in endangered primates, where the ability to adapt to quickly changing environments is crucial for survival. Her group tackles these questions analysing genomes, both modern and ancient. They use genomic approaches to study the processes of adaptation, population genetic techniques to make inferences on the history of selected alleles, and functional information to infer the consequences in present-day phenotypes of previously adaptive alleles. The group is particularly interested in the types of natural selection that maintain diversity within populations (e.g. balancing selection) or that create differences among populations (e.g. local adaptation), as well as adaptive introgression.

Teaching Summary

Starting in 2018/2019, Aida organises the Molecular Evolution module, where students learn about the latest methods in molecular evolution and population genetics. She is also involved in lectures and practicals in other genetics modules, such as Introduction to Human Genetics and Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles.

Appointments
2017 Senior Lecturer UCL Genetics Institute University College London, United Kingdom
2010 – 2017 Group Leader Department of Genetics Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
2009 – 2010 Research Fellow National Human Genome Research Institute National Institutes of Health, United States
2006 – 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow National Human Genome Research Institute National Institutes of Health, United States
2004 – 2006 Postdoctoral Associate Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics Cornell University, United States
2004 – 2004 Teaching assistant Department of Experimental and Life Sciences Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
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