Ben Sandkam, PhD
Ben is interested in the interplay between genome evolution and mating behaviors. He earned a BS in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. In 2016 he completed his PhD in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where he studied the interplay between color vision and mate preferences. Next, he studied the genomic processes that shape rapid evolution of color vision as a postdoc with Karen Carleton at the University of Maryland, and as a visiting scientist at the NIH. He went on to receive a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Judith Mank at the University of British Columbia, where he explored how genome evolution supports polymorphic reproductive strategies.
Matt Taves, PhD
Steroid hormones are orchestrators of organismal biology, coordinating physiology, behavior, and neural action based on developmental and environmental context. Matt studies how diverse mechanisms of steroid signaling generate tissue- and cell-specific transcriptomic responses to generate adaptive phenotypes.