September 25, 2019 at 9:08 am

New Biology Faculty Diego Alvarado-Serrano Looking for Students to Work in Lab


Diego Alvarado-Serrano, portrait

Dr. Diego Alvarado-Serrano

Dr. Diego Alvarado-Serrano is a new faculty member and researcher here at Ohio University, and he is currently recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to work in his lab for the 2019-20 school year.

An Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on population genomics; in particular, how the genetic constitution of species is influenced by the environment. His focus is on plant and animal population genomics. Studying plant and animal genomics help people make inferences about the past and allow us to see how different species respond to environmental changes such as habitat fragmentation or climate change.

  • If you are interested in working with Alvarado-Serrano, please contact him at He is looking for students who are passionate about their research. It is also important for him to have students who are curious and willing to learn new things. His lab has opportunities for both analytical and mathematically oriented students as well as those more empirically oriented. He values mentoring students in areas such as bioinformatics skills, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), molecular and field techniques, morphometrics, simulation-based and statistical inference, and spatial genetic analyses. Potential students could participate in a variety of projects (from computational research to fieldwork to molecular lab work, or a combination thereof), depending on experience and level of interest.

Alvarado-Serrano’s main goal is to improve the understanding of the way different species and communities respond to environmental changes in order to forecast their future evolutionary trajectories.

“I think it opens a window to better understand the future,” he said.

His research program allows Alvarado-Serrano to go out and learn more about species in the field and bring back samples to process them in the lab and then analyze them with the use of bioinformatic tools. His other areas of study include diversification of tropical Andean mammals, and which processes underlie the differential accumulation of diversity throughout the world, as well as spatial population genetics.  More detailed information about Alvarado-Serrano’s work can be found on his research site.


Outside of the office, Alvarado-Serrano loves being outside. His favorite activities include hiking, mountain biking, soccer, and kayaking, making Athens an ideal location.






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