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Xander Xue

Department of Biology: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior

City College and Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY CCNY/GC)

160 Convent Avenue, Room 8​13

New York, NY 10031

xanderxue at gmail dot com


My research interests consist of developing and applying novel comparative phylogeographic and population genomic methods. I will soon begin a post-doctoral position with Professor Andrew Kern to further my training and continue conducting research under this focus.

For my PhD , which I recently finished under the supervision of Professor Michael J. Hickerson, I primarily developed hierarchical co-demographic modeling approaches given genomic-scale data across multiple independent taxa. In addition, I investigated the effect of purifying selection on transposable elements, and in turn genomic architecture, in model vertebrate organisms within a comparative demographic framework.

During my undergraduate education, I was a guest researcher under the supervision of Professor Jeffrey L. Boore at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. Here, I contributed to a primate phylogeny project through wet-lab work and basic upstream bioinformatics.

Subsequently, I was a restoration ecology intern under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Laymon for the American Conservation Experience and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management in the California Central Valley. Here, I participated in a research study on the effects of grazing on kangaroo rat and horned lizard populations by conducting small mammal trapping and performing walking lizard population surveys.

​Prior to my PhD education, I was a New York City Teaching Fellow, where I earned my Masters of Science for Teachers degree under the supervision of Professor James F. Kilbane and worked as a secondary school teacher in NYC public middle schools and high schools. During this time, I taught middle school mathematics and science for special education and high school biology and science for English Language Learners.