Dan Schrider, PhD has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Genetics, effective July 1, 2023.
Dr. Schrider earned his BS in Computer Science (Honors) (2007) and his PhD in Informatics; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from Indiana University (2012) in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Hahn. Dr. Schrider completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Kern at Rutgers University in the Department of Genetics (2013-2018). Dr. Schrider was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill, effective March 2018.
The Schrider lab develops and applies computational tools to make inferences about evolution from population genetic datasets. Dr. Schrider’s lab has recently made inroads in the field of phylogenetic inference, work that will help facilitate efforts to complete the “Tree of Life”. He also led a large phylogenetic study examining over 150 genomes from different species of the genus Drosophila. In addition to elucidating the evolutionary history of this important model system, his lab found convincing evidence of widespread introgression across the genus, a major discovery that is changing how the field thinks about speciation.