the team

the MOILAB (tie dye shirts, Moi taking the pic) and many friends & volunteers on Nov 2021 planting Arabidopsis in our Carnegie field site at Stanford

Principal Investigator

Moisés (Moi) Expósito-Alonso , PhD

Principal Investigator Carnegie Staff Associate & Assistant Professor (by courtesy) of Biology
Moi aims to mentor creative scientists that apply ecology, evolution, and genetics principles to understand nature and its relationship with climate
Moi's office phone: 650 739 4230@MExpositoAlonso mexpositoalonso@stanford.eduMoi's Google ScholarMoi's CV

Postdocs and Research Associates

Lucas Czech, PhD

Lucas aims to develop methods and software to understand eco-evolutionary processes under climate change Lucas' Google Scholar

Megan Ruffley, PhD

Postdoc, NSF PGRF Fellow(co-advised, Rhee Lab)
Megan is interested in using machine learning algorithms to understand selection across plant genomes in response to stress. Megan's Google Scholar

Shannon Hateley, PhD

Postdoc, Stanford CEHG Fellow
Shannon aims to develop computational models to understand the importance of gene expression modulation for climate adaptation. Shannon's Google Scholar

Maliheh Esfahanian, PhD

Research Associate
Mali is interested in utilizing multiplex CRISPR gene editing to engineer polygenic traits in plants. Mali's Google Scholar

Ken Thompson, PhD

Postdoc, HFSP Long-Term Fellow(co-advised by Molly Schumer)
Ken studies hybrid incompatibilities using computational and field-based techniques.
@Apex_Herbivorekthompson@carnegiescience.eduthomp579@stanford.eduKen's Google Scholar

Meixi Lin

Postdoc, Stanford CEHG Fellow
Meixi aims to develop ways to track genetic health of ecosystems with geo-tagged genomes and real-time satellite information.
Meixi's Google Scholar

PhD students

Lauren Gillespie

PhD Student in Computer Science, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Stanford TomKat Center Fellow (co-advised, Goodman Lab)
Lauren aims to develop deep learning methods for biodiversity modeling to understand both better!

Laura Leventhal

PhD Student in Biology | Ecology & Evolution , NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Laura aims to investigate the spatial and temporal structure in plant populations and how these inform adaptations to climate change.

Sebastian Toro Arana

PhD Student in Biology | Cellular, Molecular, and Organismal Biology, NSF Graduate Research Honoree
Sebastian aims to use computational tools and engineering principles to study the underlying mechanisms of plant stress resistance

Tatiana Bellagio

PhD Student in Biology | Ecology & Evolution. Fulbright Fellow
Tati aims to understand the predictability of evolution using

Kristy Mualim

Incoming PhD Student in Biology | Ecology & Evolution
Kristy works to apply machine learning models to genomics data and is now incredibly excited to start applying them to plants to understand their adaptability to climate change.

Research Assistants

Keegan Pham

Research Assistant
Keegan aims to scale throughput and improve transformation efficiency for CRISPR related mutagenesis experiments

Undergraduate researchers and visiting students

Clara Kieschnick

Undegraduate in Biology
Clara aims to learn about the genetics of plants and their adaptations to climate

Marlot Westera

Visiting Intern(Utrecht University)
Marlot aims to understand how climate-driven selection varies across functional regions in the genome

Kelly Huang

Undegraduate in Biology (bioBUDS program)

Katie Baker

Undegraduate Research Assistant in Biology
I am an undergraduate student undecided on what to major in. However, my major will likely center around sustainability and energy. Outside of class, I enjoy studying Spanish, throwing ceramics, and cooking!

Zouberou Sayibou

Undegraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science
Originally from Togo (West-Africa), Zouberou Sayibou graduated from Bronx Community College (CUNY) with an Associates Degree in Computer Science. He transfered to Stanford University in Fall 2021 as a Undergraduate student. Currently at Stanford, he is undeclared but considering majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has developed intersted in Machine Learning/AI research in biology from his first semester at Bronx Community College. He is currently at Moi Lab pursuing research in Deep Learning.

Julie Yang

Summer 2022 Intern
I am an undergraduate summer intern measuring water-use efficiency of Arabidopsis thaliana along environmental gradients.

Christie Patel

Summer 2022 Intern
Through her internship, Christie hopes to explore the application of CRISPR multiplex engineering to improving drought resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Lab associated colleagues

Lisa Couper

PhD Student in Biology(collaborator, Mordecai Lab)
Lisa aims to investigate climate adaptation in mosquitoes, and the consequences of adaptation on disease transmission

Will Viana

PhD Student in Biology(collaborator, Dinneny Lab)
Will aims to understand the multi-dimensional phenotypes explaining drought adaptation

honorary members

Gloria, Milagros, Bielefelda, Princess, Josefa la morena Cuervo

Lab friends experts in herbivory experiments and random Markov walks.
We are always searching for talented and creative researchers, and are happy to develop together ideas for a competitive fellowship.

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Ru Peng - former Research Assistant, now PhD student at Washington University, St.Louis, US

Matt Gill - Genetics PhD student rotating Spring 22, now PhD Student in Bhatt lab at Stanford University School of Medicine

Erin Zess - PhD - Postdoc 2021, now group leader in Benson Hill, Missouri, US

Jennifer Serrano Rojas - Biology PhD student rotating Summer 21, now PhD student in the O'Connell Lab at Stanford

Alanna Pyke - Genetics PhD student rotating Fall 20, now PhD student in the Sherlock Lab at Stanford

Eva Sehr - Bioinformatics Master student, FH Campus Wien 2019-2020, now scientist at Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Andrea Ramirez - Biology PhD student rotating Winter 20, now PhD student in the Dinneny Lab at Stanford

Veronica Pagowski - Biology PhD student rotating Fall 19-Spring20, now PhD student in the Lowe Lab at Stanford