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Natasha Arora, Dr.

Research Associate

natasha.arora*irm.uzh.ch

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Research Interests

I’m intrigued by evolutionary genetic questions. I’m especially interested in population genetics and how evolutionary processes drive patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation. Another area that I’m especially keen on is the evolutionary study of great apes, as this helps us understand what distinguishes humans. I was able to merge these two interests for my doctoral degree, exploring the effects of environmental factors as well as sex-biased dispersal on the population genetic structure of orang-utans, the only Asian great apes. More broadly, I’m interested forensic techniques, and biodiversity and conservation, as well as in several other fields including evolutionary medicine and evolutionary psychology. While I’m pretty much always thinking of evolution, if I’m not in the laboratory you’ll find me peering at insects - especially butterflies -, reading the National Geographic, hiking in the Swiss Alps, doing yoga or travelling to southern countries.

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