Course Faculty

Course Director

  • Stephen J. O’Brien: Chief Scientific Officer at the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, RUSSIA

Co-Directors

  • Taras K. OleksykDirector of the Caribbean Genome Center, and Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PUERTO RICO
  • Klaus Koepfli: Researcher, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA and Senior Fellow, Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, RUSSIA
  • Eduardo Eizirik: Associate Professor, Laboratory of Genomics and Molecular Biology, Escola de Ciências, PUCRS, BRAZIL

International Faculty

  • C. Scott Baker: Professor and Associate Director, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University, OREGON, USA
  • Oliver Ryder: Director of Genetics and Kleberg Chair of San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, CALIFORNIA, USA
  • Joan Pontius: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at ESAC Inc, Rockville MARYLAND, USA
  • Alfred L. RocaAssociate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ILLINOIS, USA
  • Anne Schmidt-KüntzelResearch Geneticist and Assistant Director for Animal Health and Research, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Otjiwarongo, NAMIBIA (to be confirmed)
  • Sher Hendrickson-Lambert: Professor, Biology Department, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WEST VIRGINIA, USA
  • Cindy Harper: Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria at Onderstepoor, SOUTH AFRICA (to be confirmed)
  • Bridget von HoldtAssistant Professor, Ecology and Evolution, Princeton University, NEW JERSEY, USA
  • Audrey J. Majeske: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PUERTO RICO
  • Gordon Luikart: Professor of Conservation Ecology and Genetics, Flathead Lake Biological Station, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation, University of Montana, MONTANA, USA
  • Shu-Jin Luo: Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences, Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, CHINA
  • William Murphy: Professor, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TEXAS, USA
  • Juan L. Rodriguez-Flores: Assistant Professor of Research in Genetic Medicine, Weil Cornell Medical College, New York City, NEW YORK, USA
  • David E. Wildt: Senior Scientist and Head, Center for Species Survival, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Genetics Institute, Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA
  • Carlos DriscollResearcher, National Institutes of Health, MARYLAND, USA (to be confirmed)
  • Robert Wayne: Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, USA (to be confirmed)
  • Agostinho Antunes: Head of the Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Team from the CIIMAR, University of Porto; and Scientific-Technical Director of the Matosinhos Environmental Center (CMIA) from the Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos, PORTUGAL (to be confirmed)
  • Jose Lopez: Professor in the Biology department at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FLORIDA, USA

Course Staff

  • Andrei Yurchenko: Junior Researcher, Smithsonian Institution and the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, RUSSIA, and researcher, Department of Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, Institute of Biodiversity,  University of Glasgow, Glasgow, SCOTLAND, UK
  • Pavel Dobrynin: Junior Researcher, Smithsonian Institution and the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State Univeristy, RUSSIA
  • Nikolai Cherkasov: Senior Specialist, Smithsonian Institution and the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, RUSSIA
  • Walter Wolfsberger: Research Associate, Caribbean Genome Center (CGC), and Department of Computer Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PUERTO RICO
  • Gaik Tamazian: Research Specialist in Mathematics at the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, RUSSIA