Science, for me, gives a partial explanation of life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment. Rosalind Franklin
In Jan 2022 (or July 2021 the soonest), I will join the Department of Computational Biology at Cornell University as an Assistant Professor. Please feel free to send inquiries to aprilwei at ucla dot edu if you are interested in research opportunities at undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral level.
I love nature and animals
I am currently a postdoc at UCLA with Sriram Sankararaman working on population and statistical genetics in light of archaic introgression. Before UCLA, I did a postdoc at UC Berkeley (July 2018 -Sept 2020), where I worked on inference in structured coalescent using ancestral recombination graphs with Rasmus Nielsen, and signatures of multiple mergers coalescent with Monty Slatkin. I love all the theoretical challenges, computational techniques, and application opportunities I encountered in these projects, and I am obssesed with the coalescent theory.
I did my Ph.D. (Sep 2013-Apr 2018) at University of Michigan with George Zhang. My Ph.D. thesis focuses on understanding the rules and patterns in genotype-phenotype relationship, and its interaction with the environment. I took quantitative genetics, modeling, and simulation approaches, to test and amend some very old evolutionary hypotheses. At UM, I was also often enlightened from scientific conversations with Alexey Kondrashov.
My broad interests in evolutionary genetics and human population genetics initiated in college, through the guidance of Felix Li Jin at Fudan University. My training in modeling initiated from working with David Waxman and Martin Lascoux in the last summer at Fudan.