I’m currently a PhD candidate in Prof. Rob Ness’s lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga, trying to answer fundamental questions about how recombination rate variation impacts genome evolution using the model microbe Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Although I dabble in wet lab work, my approaches are primarily computational. Most of my work is done in Python, R (I am an unapologetic tidyverse enthusiast), and the Unix shell/bash; I'm passionate about programming in general, from both development and teaching perspectives.
About Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
C. reinhardtii has been an important model organism for decades now in a variety of subfields within biology. A unicellular, facultatively sexual (i.e. capable of reproducing clonally or sexually), photosynthetic organism with two flagella, C. reinhardtii has been used in studies of organelle inheritance, cell motility, photosynthesis, and evolutionary genetics. In 2007, its genome was sequenced in its entirety and released to the world, bringing the alga into the ever-growing world of genomics.
ahmed.hasan [at] mail [dot] utoronto [dot] ca