Grace Yuh Chwen Lee - PI
Grace received her Ph.D. from UC Davis with Charles Langley on population genetics.
She did postdocs with Manyuan Long at the University of Chicago on evolutionary genetics and
with Gary Karpen at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab on epigenetics and chromosome biology.
Grace joined the faculty at the UC Irvine
as an Assistant Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
in July 2019.
Grace has been a big fan of transposable elements, and she loves the beauty of tiny fruit flies.
When not playing with flies or computers, Grace is usually going for a walk with Purin (named after this character
a 12-year young Yorkie rescue (senior dogs rock!!).
She is also an avid classical music lover and enjoys going to concerts.
Yuheng Huang - postdoc
Yuheng did his Ph.D. at U. Toronto with Aneil Agrawal, where he used experimental fly populations to study the effects of varying environments on genetic variation,
adaptability, and transcriptomic plasticity. He did a postdoc at UW-Madison with John Pool, where he studied the genomic and transcriptomic basis of adaptation to
cold environments in natural fly populations. Currently, Yuheng is studying the interplay between epigenetics and the evolution of gene regulation.
Fruit fly is Yuheng's favorite model organism. Its easiness to keep in the lab, short generation time,
and a wide range of genetic resources allow him to experimentally study interesting evolutionary genetic questions.
Outside the lab, Yuheng enjoys reading, jogging, and playing table tennis.
Jasmine Osei-Enin - technician
Jasmine was a McNair Scholar with a B.S. degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity from UC Davis.
She worked as an undergraduate researcher in Michael Turelli's lab,
studying the distribution and phenotypic effects of wolbachia in various Drosophila species.
Jasmine loves to do yoga, listen to music, and spend time with friends.