My research interests lie in the evolution of genome structure, content, and function, with a particular focus on systems where genomes are physically close, such as symbiont and endosymbiont genomes. I use a combination of experimental and computational techniques to trace these peculiar evolutionary pathways and to identify the driving forces that shape these genomes.
I am the Director of the Phylogenomics Initiative of the Grainger Bioinformatics Center at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Until 2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher at The Field Museum and until 2014 a postdoc in Jeff Mower's lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I received my PhD in 2011 from the University of Bonn in Germany with Volker Knoop as my advisor.